Thursday, November 28, 2002

Caribbean Justice has written to Jamaica's prime minister, attorney general, foreign minister & ambassador to Washington, asking whether the Jamaican government has ensured that John Lee Malvo knows of his rights to consular assistance, as a foreign citizen charged with a capital offence in the US:

"You will be aware that in the past the United States has not always complied with its Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) obligations concerning the treatment of foreign nationals. In June 2001, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) upheld a complaint lodged by the Federal Republic of Germany that the United States had failed to notify 'without delay' two German nationals charged with capital offences of their right to consular assistance. The ICJ also upheld a complaint that the United States had failed to notify the German consul of their detention. The German nationals were consequently deprived of the assistance to which they were entitled, and were later executed."

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