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Simon Mann

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th February 2008.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of his Department are in Equatorial Guinea with the task of protecting the interests of Simon Mann; and how long it is planned that they shall stay for that purpose.

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

Our deputy high commission in Lagos provides consular assistance to British nationals in Equatorial Guinea. Once it was confirmed that Simon Mann was in Equatorial Guinea our consul in Lagos travelled to Malabo and sought immediate consular access to him. We were granted access and visited Mr. Mann in prison on 12 February. Our consul has now returned to Lagos. The consul will make further visits to Malabo in future to visit Mr. Mann in prison and provide consular assistance. We also have an honorary consul in Malabo who can provide consular assistance.

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