Philip Machemedze

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken within the United Kingdom's justice system to prosecute Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation operative Philip Machemedze, who has admitted kidnapping and torture, and is now resident in Wales.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

The police are responsible for responding to allegations that a person has committed a crime. They decide whether an investigation is required and how it should be conducted. The CPS is responsible for the prosecution of most criminal offences, in England and Wales, following an investigation by the police. The CPS will only advise on a prosecution once a police file is submitted to it. At this time the CPS has not received a file in relation to an investigation in relation to Philip Machemedze.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has no powers to investigate allegations of crime.

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