Andargachew Tsege

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times (a) he and (b) the Minister for the Middle East and Africa have met representatives of Reprieve to discuss the case of Andargachew Tsege.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

FCO ministers and officials frequently meet representatives of Reprieve to discuss cases of British Nationals imprisoned abroad and wider lobbying around the death penalty. The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) and I have not met with Reprieve specifically to discuss the case of Andargachew Tsege.

The Government takes the detention and welfare of Mr Andargachew Tsege very seriously. The Secretary of State for International Development, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Witham (Priti Patel), raised this case with the Ethiopian Prime Minister on 30 January, during her visit to Addis Ababa.

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