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Simon Mann

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates consular officials have requested access to Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison since his abduction from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea; how many such requests have been (a) granted and (b) refused; what reasons have been given for such refusals; and what representations have been made to the government of Equatorial Guinea in consequence. (196717)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: Since Simon Mann’s detention in Equatorial Guinea we have sought consular access twice. Access was given on the first occasion, but refused on the second. Despite strong representations on our part the Equatorial Guinea authorities told us that access could not be given because of an ongoing police investigation. We have expressed our concern to the Equatorial Guinea authorities and are urgently seeking another consular visit.