asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why, when Lord Triesman said on 30 March 2006 that “we are taking a close and active interest in the case of Mr Ali Manzarpour, and we are looking after the rights of Mr Manzarpour as well as we can” (Official Report, col. 852), Baroness Scotland of Asthal stated in a Written Answer on 9 May that “the United Kingdom Government have no locus in this case” (WA 261). [HL3967]
The noble Earl refers to my response of 30 March 2006 (Official Report, col. 852), which related to the consular assistance that was provided to Mr Ali Manzarpour while he was detained in Poland. This was in line with standard consular policy towards British nationals in detention abroad. On 14 December 2006, Mr Manzarpour was released from Warsaw detention centre and returned to the United Kingdom. The Answer given by my noble friend the Minister of State for the Home Department, the right honourable Baroness Scotland QC, on 9 May to the noble Earl (Official Report, cols. WA 260-61), related to a question about an extradition request by the United States to Poland for Mr Manzarpour. The Government clearly have no locus in this matter and are unable to answer such questions.