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The role of consular staff when a British national is detained overseas is essentially one of welfare. The Government are not able to interfere with the legal process of another country, nor are we able to give legal advice.
Our consular staff visited Mr Atkinson and Mr Binnington several times during their detention. Both men were given information about local legal systems and processes, together with a list of local Cypriot lawyers. They were advised to pursue their cases through the Cypriot legal system.