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Simon Mann

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has been informed of a date for the trial of Simon Mann. (194457)

[holding answer 14 March 2008]: We are aware that the Equatorial Guinea authorities announced that the trial would begin in mid-March. We are seeking further clarification from them on this.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received an explanation for the shackling of Simon Mann by the Equatorial Guinea authorities. (194458)

[holding answer 14 March 2008]: While we have raised this issue with the Equatorial Guinean authorities, we have been given no adequate explanation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he applies in assessing whether a court procedure overseas amounts to a fair trial. (194460)

[holding answer 14 March 2008]: There are a number of instruments that outline international standards in relation to the right to a fair trial, including the universal declaration of human rights and the international covenant on civil and political rights. In considering whether a court procedure amounts to a fair trial, we are guided by such instruments.