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Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Gambia on behalf of the jailed British couple, David and Fiona Fulton; whether they have information that Mr Fulton's sentence is to be extended by a further three years; when British officials last saw Mr and Mrs Fulton; and what assessment the officials made about their health and well being. [HL4525]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead)

Mrs Fulton has requested that no information be given out about her case. Our high commission in Banjul have raised a number of issues on Mr Fulton's behalf with the Gambian Ministry of Interior. We understand that Mr Fulton was sentenced on 26 March 2009 to an additional three years' imprisonment for forgery, but is appealing against the sentence. Consular staff last visited Mr Fulton on 19 June 2009. Consular staff are not medically trained, but with the permission of a detainee can ensure that any medical problems they might have are brought to the attention of the relevant authorities.