HC Deb 20 June 1912 vol 39 c1823

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the condemnation to death of three natives at the Nakuru High Court, British East Africa, for the murder of a native on 6th March last; whether he is aware that the accused parsons had no legal defence provided for them, while the case against them was conducted by the Crown advocate; and whether steps will be taken to provide legal assistance in the future in similar cases involving a capital charge?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)

My attention had not been called to the matter, but I have now seen an account of the trial in one of the local newspapers and I am in communication with the Governor of the Protectorate, who is now on leave in this country, with regard to the matter raised in the last part of my hon. Friend's question.