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Hambali: Riduan Isamuddin

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the United States on returning Hambali (Riduan Isamuddin) from Guantanamo Bay to Indonesia to stand trial for the Bali bombing. (116446)

The Government think that suspected terrorists should be brought to trial whenever possible. The US Government are fully aware of this policy.

British Government officials have conveyed to the US authorities concerns that Hambali has not yet been brought to justice. In his speech of 6 September 2006, President Bush announced the transfer of 14 so-called high-value detainees to Guantanamo Bay, including Hambali. He also said that the International Committee of the Red Cross would be granted access to them, and that they should face justice.