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Official guidance on foreign witnesses required to give evidence at a trial in the UK


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This page tells you about law enforcement agencies (LEAs) making requests to the Home Office to allow a foreign national to enter or remain in the UK to give evidence at a trial.

Due to the international element of serious and organised crime, there are certain foreign nationals whose entry to, or deferral of removal from, the United Kingdom is of interest to UK LEAs. Most will be witnesses for the Crown in criminal prosecutions (although some may be witnesses for the defence), or involved in a covert policing operation.

Source: Foreign witnesses – Publications – GOV.UK

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