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Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st February 2008.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 4 June 2007 (WA 180), whether they have regularly monitored the legal and medical situation relating to Simon Mann; what ongoing communication they have had with the Zimbabwean authorities concerning applications to extradite Simon Mann to Equatorial Guinea; and what is the current situation regarding his extradition.

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

Our consul in Harare visited Simon Mann regularly. We reminded the Zimbabwe authorities of their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights when considering an extradition request. We received assurances that due process would be followed regarding Mr Mann's extradition. We understand from Mr Mann's lawyer that he had indicated an intention to further appeal his extradition. In the event, Mr Mann was removed from Zimbabwe without a further appeal being considered and is now in Equatorial Guinea. Our consul in Lagos visited him in prison in Equatorial Guinea on 12 February.

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