Ahmed al-Asiri:Written question - HL6541

Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 03 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ahmed al-Asiri
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the government of Bahrain that an attempted citizen's arrest of Maj Gen Ahmed al-Asiri, relating to alleged war crimes committed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, was a "barbaric assault by a group of terrorists".
Answered on: 20 April 2017

The UK supports freedom of expression and peaceful protest as a fundamental right in itself and an essential element of a full range of human rights. This must, however, be within the law and it is for the Police to investigate any complaints.

Following the incident on 30 March the Foreign Secretary had a conversation with the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which he expressed his regret at the disturbance to Major General Asiri's visit to London.

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