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Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will summon the ambassadors of Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe to explain the apparent abduction of Simon Mann from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea; and what action they plan to take to secure his safe return. [HL1899]

I met the Equatorial Guinean ambassador to the UK, Mr Agustin Nze Nfumu, on 7 February to discuss Simon Mann's case and request immediate consular access. I then telephoned the ambassador on 11 February to reiterate this request and stress the need for UK officials to be granted access to Mr Mann. Consular access was granted on 12 February. UK officials will be in touch with the ambassador of Equatorial Guinea as the need arises.

Our concerns were conveyed to the Zimbabwean ambassador, prior to Mr Mann's removal. Our primary concern at this point must be for Mr Mann's immediate welfare.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to ensure that Simon Mann is visited regularly by United Kingdom diplomats to ensure he is being treated humanely while in prison in Equatorial Guinea; and whether they will make representations to other countries for him to receive similar diplomatic visits from them. [HL1901]

Our deputy high commission in Lagos provides consular assistance to British nationals in Equatorial Guinea. Our consul in Lagos travelled to Equatorial Guinea on 5 February, as soon as it was confirmed that Mr Mann had been extradited. We were granted consular access to Mr Mann and visited him on 12 February. We expect the authorities in Equatorial Guinea to treat him in line with international standards. The authorities have offered assurances that he will be treated well while in detention.

We will continue to visit Mr Mann in prison in line with our consular policy. We will also discuss with EU partners what assistance they may be able to provide.