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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 4th February 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received concerning the provision of legal representation to Amir Al-Saadi since his surrender in April 2003; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Dr. Al-Saadi was held by the US authorities in accordance with UNSCR 1546 as he was deemed to pose an imperative threat to security. Our understanding is that the US does not permit access by legal advisers to security internees because their detention is based on sensitive intelligence/security concerns. Dr. Al-Saadi was released by the US on 18 January 2005.

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