Luke Noble

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Governor of the British Virgin Islands about the sentence issued by the court in the case of Luke Noble.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

The British Virgin Islands' judiciary acts independently of the Territory's Government, of which the Governor is the constitutional head, and of the United Kingdom Government. There is no provision allowing for the prosecution to appeal sentence at present, although I understand this situation is under review.

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