§ MR. ARTHUR PEASE (Darlington)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether the Government can give the House any information with regard to the trial at Zanzibar of Ali bin Abdullah, an influential Pemba Arab, who has been sentenced by the Judge of the British Court to seven years' imprisonment, a fine of 5,000 rupees, and subsequent deportation, for gross cruelty to his slaves?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. GEORGE CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
Her Majesty's Agent and Consul General reported on the 26th of January, that Ali bin Abdullah had been arrested on an order of the Sultan, on a charge of gross cruelty to one of his slaves, and by arrangement with the Sultan was to be tried by Mr. Cracknall, Her Majesty's Consular Judge in Zanzibar, with two Arab Cadis as his Assessors. A report of the result of the trial has appeared in the Press, but the official account from Mr. Hardinge has not yet reached us.