HC Deb 05 August 1890 vol 347 c1907

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has had any further information as to the five prisoners incarcerated in the prison of Erzeroum for a full twelvemonth, namely, Bedros Athamian and four others, and as to the five prisoners imprisoned for the last three years in the gaol of Erzingian, namely, Ohannes Kaladjian, Boghos Berberian, Nichan K. Artzruni d'Eguin, Nichan Akevnian, and an Armenian priest of Seghert; whether he is aware that their only offence was having a patriotic song, written in pencil, in their wallets, which they had not published in any way, as is necessary for conviction according to Turkish law; and whether Moussa Bey has been brought to a second trial, as was reported was to be done; and, if so, what stage has the trial reached?


The Grand Vizier denies that there are any Christian Armenians either at Erzeroum or at Erzingian who have been kept in prison any length of time without trial. Moussa Bey has not yet been put on his trial again, but he has not been allowed to leave Constantinople.