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Saudi Arabia: Detainees

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens were held at the Mabatha Interrogation Centre in Saudi Arabia in each year since 1990; and if she will make a statement. (143053)

Our embassy in Riyadh is unaware of a specific place called the Mabatha Interrogation Centre, but is aware that UK citizens have been detained by the Mubahith, the General Investigations Department of the Ministry of Interior, which has offices across Saudi Arabia. Although consular records are only retained for three years, we are aware of at least nine cases since 2001.