Michelle Samaraweera

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Labour/Co-operative, Walthamstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter that the Prime Minister sent to the Prime Minister of India on the extradition of the person who killed Michelle Samaraweera referred to in his Department's letter of 8 September 2016 to the hon. Member for Walthamstow.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

I can confirm that the then Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Prime Minister Modi on 17 June 2016. The letter covered a range of issues on which the British Government was engaging the Indian Government at the time, including extradition. I can also confirm the then Prime Minister did raise Michelle Samaraweera's case with Prime Minister Modi.

I can assure the Hon Lady that the British Government has continued to press the Indian Government to accelerate Mr Vyas' extradition hearing. Our High Commission officials raised this point with the Indian Government most recently in the margins of the latest hearing on 16 April.

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