HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 c1609
MR. MACKARNESS (Berkshire, Newbury)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the length of time during which Dinizulu has been kept in prison in Natal without trial; whether a date has yet been fixed for his trial; and, if so, whether he will place in the Library of the House a copy of the indictment upon which Dinizulu will be tried and the Act of the Natal Parliament constituting the tribunal by which he is to be tried and prescribing the procedure to be followed at the trial.


Dinizulu was arrested in December, and the Special Court which is to try him will open on or about 2nd November. The indictment has not yet been received, but the Governor shall be asked for a copy. The text of the Special Court Bill will be found in Cd. 4195. It was passed, with the two minor alterations specified at page 51 of the Parliamentary Paper Cd. 4328 which has just been published. The rules which the Court has power to make under Section 21 of the Act cannot, I presume, so far have been made, but we have telegraphed for the information to be forwarded as soon as possible.