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Simon Mann

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th February 2008.

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Photo of Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith Conservative, Chingford and Woodford Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he proposes to take to ensure that Simon Mann does not face the death penalty in Equatorial Guinea; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We understand that the Government of Equatorial Guinea provided assurances to the Government of Zimbabwe that the death penalty would not be implemented should Simon Mann be extradited to Equatorial Guinea. The Attorney-General of Equatorial Guinea, Jose Ole Obono, publicly stated on 10 May 2007 that, 'the death penalty will not apply in this case'.

We are currently seeking urgent consular access to visit Mr. Mann in prison and have underlined to the Government of Equatorial Guinea their obligations to respect Mr. Mann's human rights during his detention.

The UK is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances and works closely with the EU to promote abolition of the death penalty around the world.

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