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Simon Mann

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he plans to take in the week beginning 31 March to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison, Equatorial Guinea; and whether Mr. Mann is still being continuously shackled; (198166)

(2) what steps he plans to take in the week beginning 7 April to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison, Equatorial Guinea;

(3) what steps he plans to take in the week beginning 14 April to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison, Equatorial Guinea.

Our consul from the British deputy high commission in Lagos was refused consular access to Simon Mann during his last visit to Equatorial Guinea in March. We have expressed our concern to the Equatorial Guinea authorities and are urgently seeking another consular visit. The authorities have offered assurances that Mr. Mann will be treated well whilst in detention. His welfare remains our primary concern.