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Iraq: Prisoners

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the (a) conditions under which Daniel Fitzsimmons has been detained since the incident in respect of which he is to stand trial in Iraq and (b) judicial process by which that trial will be conducted; and what representations he has received from relatives of those who died in that incident. (304040)

Mr. Fitzsimons is being held at a police station in the International Zone in Baghdad where he is visited regularly by our consular staff. He has not raised any concerns with us about the conditions in which he is being held.

The judicial process is a matter for the Iraqi authorities. However, we will make representations to the authorities should it become clear that there are concerns around the ongoing legal proceedings in comparison with internationally recognised standards or local procedure.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office consular staff have been in regular contact with the deceased British national's family to ensure he was repatriated to the UK as soon as was practicably possible and to discuss any other ongoing concerns they have.