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Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th March 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 Malloch-Brown on 21 February (WA 80-1), whether they were informed by the Zimbabwean authorities of the imminent extradition of Simon Mann from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea immediately prior to his being extradited; what response they had from the Zimbabwean authorities regarding their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and what contact they have had with Simon Mann since his extradition.

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

Further to the Answer I gave the noble Lord on 21 February (Hansard, col. WA 81), we were not informed by the Zimbabwean authorities of the imminent removal of Simon Mann from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea immediately prior to his removal. The Zimbabwean authorities have since told us that they believe they complied with their international obligations in this case.

Our Deputy High Commission in Lagos provides consular assistance to British nationals in Equatorial Guinea. Our consul in Lagos travelled to Malabo and visited Mr Mann in prison on 12 February and plans to do so again soon.

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