HC Deb 15 February 1895 vol 30 cc844-5
SIR T. ROE (Derby)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any information has been received by Her Majestys Government with reference to a sentence of death having been recently passed upon a British subject named Ricard, by a Court Martial sitting at Honolulu, for having, as was alleged, been concerned in a "Royalist rebellion" in favour of the deposed Queen of Hawaii?


One British subject and two American citizens have been sentenced to death under Martial Law by a Military Tribunal, and another British subject to imprisonment for life. Mr. Hawes, Her Majestys Commissioner and Consul General, has, in the case of the British subject condemned to death, asked for a reprieve of sufficient length to enable him to send home the record of the trial. The sentence had not yet been confirmed by the President when the last information was sent. Mr. Hawes has been instructed by telegraph to ask for delay of the execution, if the prisoner was condemned to death for complicity only in the rising, or if condemned for actual participation without having had a fair open trial with opportunity for defence. In either case the evidence on which the sentence of death was grounded is to be sent home, and Mr. Hawes has been directed to act in concert with his United States colleague, who has received similar instructions.