HC Deb 01 August 1912 vol 41 c2224

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now state under what article of the Criminal Code the men charged with conspiracy to murder in Cairo will be tried; whether any recent modification of the criminal law is to be used in this case; and, if so, when and under what circumstances the modification was made?


The prisoners are all charged under Article 47 bis of the Penal Code, an Article which was enacted in 1910, in consequence of the inadequacy of existing dispositions for dealing with criminal conspiracy, and the impossibility of bringing the accomplices of criminals to justice. I may add that the charge is conspiracy to murder, punishable by a maximum of fifteen years' imprisonment.