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Simon Mann

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th 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 if he will make a statement on Simon Mann and his treatment in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Equatorial Guinea.

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

British consular officials were allowed regular access to Simon Mann during his imprisonment in Harare and any concerns about his conditions were raised directly with the Zimbabwean authorities.

British consular officials visited Mr. Mann in prison in Malabo on 12 February. We have no reason to believe he has been mistreated in Equatorial Guinea. We will nevertheless seek to ensure that his treatment is in line with international standards.

In seeking consular access to Mr. 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.

We will continue to visit Mr. Mann in prison in line with our consular policy.

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