Criminal Investigation: Cyprus

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place for UK police forces to investigate criminal suspects in Northern Cyprus.

Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates officers in Staffordshire police force travelled to Northern Cyprus in connection with the investigation into John Anslow's escape from lawful custody; and which airport these officers flew (a) into and (b) out of on those visits.

Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what airports police officers investigating the escape of John Anslow used on their (a) outward and (b) inward bound flights to Cyprus in 2013.

Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria must be met before a police officer is permitted to travel abroad to investigate people suspected of criminal offences in their force's area.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 05 January 2015

The UK does not recognise the so-called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus." There are no arrangements in place for police forces in England and Wales to investigate criminal suspects in the northern part of Cyprus.

It would be inappropriate to comment on any matter relating to this case as this is the subject of ongoing UK-based court appeals.

Decisions to deploy police officers abroad to investigate criminal offences are operational matters for chief officers and the relevant authorities involved.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.