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Syria: Prisoners

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to assist and support Maryam Kallis, who is being detained without charge in Syria. (270257)

Following repeated requests at official and ministerial level we were given consular access to Mrs. Maryam Kallis on 8 April 2009 and have since delivered essential supplies to her on two occasions. We have requested further consular access from the Syrian authorities. We have also requested a full explanation of the reason for her detention.

Consular officials have been in close contact with the family of Maryam Kallis to keep them informed of progress and any developments in this case.