HC Deb 15 February 1900 vol 79 c59

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to a cablegram from Cape Town stating that three Dutch subjects of Her Majesty detained in custody at Simon's Town had been suddenly removed to a district where martial law had been proclaimed, in spite of the issue of a writ by the Cape Supreme Court calling upon their custodian to show cause why they were detained; and will he explain by whose orders the prisoners were so removed, and where they are now detained.


My attention has been called to a telegram in The Times of 10th February, which does not exactly correspond with the hon. Member's statement. I am making enquiry by telegraph as to the facts.