Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Coker Vis, Solicitors
As you know, we are instructed by Ms Matin. We have
now taken our Client's instructions in connection with your letter
to her dated the 10th September 2001and reply using the same numbering:
1. It is not correct that our Client
was employed by Mr or Mrs Vaz. She has never been employed by
either of them.
2,3,4. Mrs Rita Gresty came to eat in the restaurant
where our Client's deceased husband worked. Her husband used to
talk to her about some of the customers and our client recalls
having said hello to Mrs Gresty if our client was in the restaurant
at the same time as she came in. Our Client has no recollection
of ever having had a conversation with Mrs Gresty. She has certainly
never talked to Mrs Gresty about employment or about her passport.
Our client has no recollection in fact of saying anything other
than "hello". We would comment that our client's first
language is Bengali and so far as she is aware Ms Gresty does
not speak Bengali. It would thus not have been possible, in practical
terms, for them to have had any sort of conversation.
5. So far as our client can recall,
Mr Vaz never kept our client's passport in his Leicester office.
6. No, our client never did office
work for Maria Fernandez or any work for Maria Fernandez.
7 & 8. Our client was very unclear about
the details of her immigration status in the UK in 1997, 1998
and 1999. It appears that it was very complex and her husband
dealt with those matters for her. Our client now has indefinite
leave to remain in the UK. Our client first met Mr Vaz when she
had gone for help from him * * *. Keith Vaz took up her case as
her MP. He continued to be involved following her request to him
after she moved to London. She regards herself as a friend of
the family. Mrs Vaz was not involved in any matters concerning
our client's immigration status.
9. Our client is not and never has
been an illegal immigrant. Our client now has indefinite leave
* * *
We look forward to receiving your confirmation that
the information provided will not be published, disclosed or disseminated
in any form whatsoever without our client's specific consent.
29 November 2001