HC Deb 03 September 1895 vol 36 c1567

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether the British subject, Mr. William Henry Rickard, who was sentenced by the Hawaiian Government to 35 years' imprisonment with hard labour and a fine of 10,000 dollars, for having as was alleged been concerned in a Royalist rebellion in favour of the deposed Queen, has received any reduction of the sentence; and, if not, whether the Government are taking steps with the object of prevailing upon the Hawaiian Government to grant some mitigation of the sentence?


The sentence of 35 years' imprisonment passed upon Rickard was, on the 4th of July last, reduced to 20 years. It has been ascertained, however, that Rickard had, prior to the insurrection, divested himself of his British nationality, and Her Majesty's Government have therefore no locus standi for interfering on his behalf.