HC Deb 12 May 1983 vol 42 cc434-5W
Mr. Warren

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe about the detention and treatment of those members of the Zimbabwe air force accused of sabotage who are British passport holders; and if he will make a statement about their state of health and the opportunity for their families and his officials to visit them.

Mr. Onslow

We have already made clear to the Zimbabwe Government at the highest level our concern about earlier allegations of ill-treatment and our hope that these men would be brought to trial soon. I understand that the trial is now due to take place later this month.

We do not have the right of consular access as, although some of the men concurrently hold British citizenship, all are Zimbabwean citizens. However we understand that they are being properly treated and are in a reasonable state of health, and that wives are allowed to visit their husbands once a week.

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