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Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure that evidence against Pastor Fernando Kutino obtained by alleged torture should not be used in his forthcoming trial and that he is held in humane conditions in the mean time. [HL2297]

We and our international partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the EU and UN, have registered our concerns at the conduct of the investigation and subsequent trial of Pastor Kutino with the Congolese on several occasions. The UN is in regular contact with the Congolese authorities on the issue of his treatment. Officials from our embassy in Kinshasa are considering what further action to take in conjunction with representatives of other EU member states.