Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th February 2008.

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Photo of Earl Cathcart Earl Cathcart Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to ensure that Simon Mann is visited regularly by United Kingdom diplomats to ensure he is being treated humanely while in prison in Equatorial Guinea; and whether they will make representations to other countries for him to receive similar diplomatic visits from them.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

Our deputy high commission in Lagos provides consular assistance to British nationals in Equatorial Guinea. Our consul in Lagos travelled to Equatorial Guinea on 5 February, as soon as it was confirmed that Mr Mann had been extradited. We were granted consular access to Mr Mann and visited him on 12 February. We expect the authorities in Equatorial Guinea to treat him in line with international standards. The authorities have offered assurances that he will be treated well while in detention.

We will continue to visit Mr Mann in prison in line with our consular policy. We will also discuss with EU partners what assistance they may be able to provide.

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