HC Deb 04 November 1912 vol 43 cc810-1

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the reasons for the failure of the extradition charge against Andres O'Donnell, accused at Barbados of participation in the atrocities committed in the Putumayo district of Peru; whether any further action is now contemplated against him; whether the Peruvian Government has as yet instituted effective proceedings against any of the accused; and what further action, if any, the British Government proposes to take?


O'Donnell was released on a legal technicality due to the fact that the extradition papers forwarded by the Peruvian Government did not conform to the requirements of Article XII. of the extradition treaty with Peru. I am inquiring of the Peruvian Government the reasons for this oversight and am expressing the hope that they will take steps to obtain O'Donnell's extradition from any country in which he may have sought asylum. As regards the third part of the question, I have reason to believe that the Peruvian Government are persevering in their efforts to capture the escaped criminals, but I am not aware of the present state of the proceedings against those already arrested and have telegraphed to His Majesty's Minister at Lima for information on this point. I am not in a position to make any statement in regard to the last part of the question.


Is it not the fact that up to the present no effective steps have been taken against these criminals?


A new Government has recently come into power in Peru, and we have hopes that that will not much longer remain the case.

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