Colombia

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on the detention of Mr Huber Ballesteros; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We are aware of the detention of Mr Ballesteros. Our ambassador to Colombia has written to the Colombian Prosecutor-General highlighting our interest in the case and requesting information on the charges. Staff at our embassy in Bogota are seeking permission to visit Mr Ballesteros in jail. While the UK cannot interfere in Colombia's judicial process, we will continue to monitor Mr Ballesteros' case and raise any concerns regarding due process with the Colombian authorities.

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