Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (103)

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

93 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the latest reports or information he has received from the consular office which has been attending the trial of three Irish persons facing serious charges in Colombia; if he has information with regard to when the trial is expected to resume; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4203/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

The ambassador to Colombia acted as my official representative throughout the trial and his reports were considered carefully in my Department. The trial has ended and the decision of the judge is awaited. The Deputy will appreciate that, pending the delivery of the judge's decision, it would not be appropriate for me to make any comment on this case.

I can assure the Deputy that my Department will continue to follow this case closely and to provide all possible consular assistance to the men.

Question No. 94 answered with QuestionNo. 20.