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Equatorial Guinea: Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th February 2008.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he has made available to the family of Simon Mann; what counselling services have been made available to Mr. Mann; which Government officials have met Mr. Mann in the last month; where those meetings took place; and what representations the Government has made to the Government of Equatorial Guinea about Mr. Mann in the last two weeks.

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

Our consul in Harare last visited Simon Mann in prison there on 22 January.

Our deputy high commission in Lagos provides consular assistance to British nationals in Equatorial Guinea. Our consul in Lagos visited Mr. Mann in Black Beach prison on 12 February.

My noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, met the Equatorial Guinean ambassador on 7 February and spoke to him on 11 and 12 February. The Equatorial Guinean authorities have given assurances that Mr. Mann will be treated well while in detention. They have also assured us that he will receive a fair trial in accordance with international law and will be free to appoint a lawyer.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been in regular contact with Mr. Mann's family and his lawyers.

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