HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 c60WS
Lady Hermon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States Administration about the imprisonment on death row in Ohio of Mr. Kenny Richey; and if he will make a statement. [134819]

Mr. Mullin

Kenny Richey became a dual UK/US national with effect from 30 April 2003. Under international law we have no right to make formal demands on behalf of a dual national in the country of their other nationality. However, in cases of the death penalty, as a matter of principle, we will make representations in all cases at the appropriate time.

We are in touch with Mr. Richey's lawyers both in the USA and the UK, as well as Ohio state officials. Our Acting Consul General in Chicago attended Mr. Richey's Court of Appeals hearing earlier this year. We will continue to monitor his case closely to determine what representations could be made on his behalf, and we will do all we properly can to try to prevent his execution.

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