§ Mr. Mullin
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the British embassy in the United Arab Emirates made regarding the two men recently sentenced to have an arm and a leg amputated for theft.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Her Majesty's Consul-General raised with the Fujairah authorities on 23 March the case of two men convicted of piracy and sentenced to have an arm and a leg amputated. He was informed that the case is going to appeal. A final decision on sentencing will be taken only then. While the sentences were passed in accordance with UAE federal criminal judicial procedure, the Government of the United Arab Emirates can be in no doubt as to our views on such punishments and on human rights generally.