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Death Penalty: British Nationals Overseas

Volume 622: debated on Wednesday 28 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:At what stage they consider it appropriate to make representations against the use of the death penalty in cases of British nationals being tried overseas. [HL949]

Our overriding objective is to avoid the execution of British nationals. We will now express our opposition to the death penalty and its use on a British national at whatever stage and level is judged appropriate from the moment when the imposition of a death sentence on a British national becomes a possibility. Our previous policy was to make these representations only when the judicial process had been exhausted.We have already taken action under the new policy in the case of Krishna Maharaj. I have written to the Florida State Attorney setting out the UK's opposition to the death penalty and requesting that the death sentence not be pursued in his case.