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Marc Swanson

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 838, on Marc Swanson, on which dates her officials in Brazil have had contact with the (a) Brazilian Ministry of Justice and (b) local police; and what information was received on each occasion. (130426)

[holding answer 28 March 2007]: Our consulate in Rio de Janeiro first made contact with the Brazilian authorities about the disappearance of Marc Swanson on 25 November 2003. They have continued to follow the investigation and remind the local authorities of our interest in resolving the case. Our embassy in Brasilia submitted a letter on behalf of Marc's mother on 15 August 2006, through the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the attention of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Reminders were sent on 5 October 2006 and 14 January 2007. Following further inquiries we can confirm that the MoJ requested clarification on the case from the Secretary for Public Security (MoPS) in the state of Rio de Janeiro where Marc Swanson was reported as missing. The MoJ sent a reminder to the MoPS in February 2007. The MoJ informed us that the MoPS have assured them that they will intensify their investigation into the case, including further involvement with the police in the state of Rio de Janeiro. We will continue to press the Brazilian authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation.