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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the apparent abduction to Equatorial Guinea of Simon Mann by the authorities in Zimbabwe; what representations the Government have made to both countries on his behalf; and what action it plans to take to secure his safe return.
While Simon Mann was in Zimbabwe our embassy in Harare made representations at the highest level to the Zimbabwean authorities that due legal process should be followed, and received assurances that this would be the case. In the event, Simon Mann was removed from Zimbabwe without a further appeal being heard.
Once it was confirmed that Mr. Mann had been extradited to Equatorial Guinea, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office contacted the Equatorial Guinean embassy in London on
Consular assistance to British nationals in Equatorial Guinea is provided by our deputy high commission in Lagos. In addition to my noble Friend the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown's actions, our consul in Lagos travelled to the capital, Malabo, on
In seeking consular access to Simon Mann, the Government have reminded Equatorial Guinea of his right to a fair trial and of its obligation to ensure that all persons deprived of liberty shall be treated humanely and with respect for their dignity. We have received assurances to this effect.