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Spain: Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure the finalisation of a court date in Spain in respect of the case of Kyle Thain and James Harris.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has provided consular assistance to Mr Kyle Thain and Mr James Harris and their families. Consular officials in Alicante have visited Mr Thain and Mr Harris on several occasions and have assisted their families with arranging prison visits. We have raised their concerns with the Spanish authorities and will continue to provide appropriate consular assistance to them.

Court proceedings in Spain are a matter for the Spanish authorities. The FCO cannot interfere in the judicial processes of another country in the same way other countries cannot interfere in such processes in the United Kingdom.

The Spanish authorities have informed us that both Mr Thain and Mr Harris were released on conditional bail on 24 November 2011.

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