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Greece: Death

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has received a copy of the (a) coroner's, (b) police and (c) toxicology report relating to the death of Stephen Oliver; what recent discussions (i) he, (ii) officials in his Department and (iii) officials in the British Consulate in Corfu have had with the government of Greece on the case of Stephen Oliver; and if he will make a statement. (320244)

We have not received a copy of the coroner's, police or toxicology reports relating to Stephen Oliver's death. In Greece, autopsy reports are not automatically made available to the family of the deceased. If a report has not been released by the Greek coroner's office only a specifically authorised person can make an application for it. As the Greek authorities consider us to be third party in this case, we are unable to request it. The family have been advised to consider appointing the services of a local Greek lawyer who could request it on their behalf. This case has not been raised with the Greek Government by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, nor have we been asked to do so.