HC Deb 23 October 2003 vol 411 c714W
Geraint Davies

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the mental health of Feroz Abbasi in Guantanamo Bay; and if it is intended that he will be repatriated to the UK if he is deemed unfit to face trial. [133396]

Mr. Mullin

Any health concerns there may be about the British nationals at Guantanamo Bay are being addressed and we are in contact with the families of those concerned. The issue of the mental health of a British national is information of a private and confidential nature.

Although Mr Abbasi has been designated as eligible to face prosecution before a Military Commission, he has not been charged. Furthermore, all legal proceedings against the British nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay are currently suspended. The question of fitness to face trial is therefore hypothetical at this stage. We are pressing the US authorities to move forward with the process of determining the future of all the British detainees at Guantanamo Bay. We have discussed, and are discussing, a range of options with the US, including the possibility of repatriation.

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