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Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings officials of his Department have had with officials of (a) HM Embassy Kinshasa and (b) officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo government at Kin Maziere officials. (289004)

[holding answer 21 July 2009]: The UK Border Agency commissioned the British embassy in Kinshasa to investigate allegations that appeared in The Guardian newspaper on 28 May and this included visiting officials from Kin Maziere. The investigation found no evidence to substantiate the allegations of mistreatment, and found that the documentation in possession of The Guardian was not credible.