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Detainees: Guantanamo Bay

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has received from the US authorities on the Government's request for the return of Mr. Binyam Mohamed from Guantanamo Bay; and what reports he has received of plans to try Mr. Mohamed before a US military tribunal. (200080)

As I set out in my written ministerial statement on 13 December, Official Report, columns 56-57WS, the US is not currently inclined to agree to our request for the release and return of Mr. Mohamed to the UK. However, my officials continue to discuss his case with the US. While he was charged under the previous Military Commissions arrangements, our contacts with the US have not revealed formal proceedings against him under the new Military Commissions Act.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on the Military Commissions Act. (204320)

UK officials most recently discussed the Military Commissions Act with the US Government in February 2008, in the context of discussions over Binyam Mohamed, a former UK resident currently detained at Guantanamo Bay.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on the treatment of unlawful enemy combatants. (204321)

Officials have most recently discussed treatment of “unlawful enemy combatants” with the US in the context of discussions over the two former UK residents currently held at Guantanamo Bay; Binyam Mohamed and Shaker Aamer.