HC Deb 26 August 1907 vol 182 cc159-60
SIR W. J. COLLINS (St. Pancras, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether the decree of 1895, under which the Denshawi prisoners were tried, excludes all right of appeal against sentences; and whether this also precludes the exercise of clemency on the part of the Khedive in the case of capital sentences such as is provided for by the ordinary law of Egypt.


The text of the decree, which the hon. Member will find on Page 3 of Parliamentary Paper "Egypt No. 3 (1906)" states, in the last paragraph of Article 4, that the sentences of the Special Tribunal shall not be subject to appeal. If the hon. Member will refer to page 24 of the same Paper, he will see that the adoption of some procedure by which the decisions of the Special Tribunal should be confirmed by some superior authority is under consideration, and the Tribunal will not be called into existence without some such provision.