Local MP calls for stronger support for victims of crime abroad

June 22, 2011 12:27 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake will today meet with the new Brazilian Ambassador to discuss the case of Neil Juwaheer, who died in police custody in Brazil in July 2007. Tom had previously met the current Ambassador's predecessor.

The meeting comes after Tom used a recent Parliamentary debate on victim rights to raise the case of both Neil Juwaheer and Robbie Hughes, a promising young footballer from Sutton who was savagely beaten and left in a coma while on holiday in Crete in 2008.

Tom said: "The Government must be proactive in supporting the large group of UK citizens who experience crime abroad."

The support provided for victims abroad is one that Tom has followed closely in recent years. In December 2008, 107 MPs backed his Parliamentary motion calling for more support for victims abroad in light of the Robbie Hughes attack, and in 2009 he chaired a meeting with Robbie's mother and number of MPs and Foreign Office officials on the issue.

Since the attack, Maggie Hughes has been campaigning to improve the support available to people like her son, and last month visited Brussels to propose a guaranteed victim support system across the whole of the EU. Robbie's attackers are still to be brought to justice.

Tom said: "As a result of Maggie's work, the victim's commissioner in this country has looked closely at the support that could be provided to victims of crime abroad.

"We need a consensus to ensure that other European partners learn from best practice here. Victim support in the UK is indeed very good compared with virtually anything else that is happening in Europe."

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