HC Deb 17 June 1913 vol 54 c184

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he is aware that Mr. Wheeler, a British subject, was arrested in Yokohama on the 11th January for alleged fraud and has now been sentenced to four years' penal servitude; that part of Mr. Wheeler's offence was the payment of wages in excess of the ordinary rate; that the Japanese Court refused to allow Mr. Wheeler to call more than one witness for the defence, although the names of five were submitted; that the whole of the evidence against him was not only hearsay, but much of it based on presumptions incapable of proof; and will he say what action he proposes to take?

sir E. GREY

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As the case, which is one of considerable difficulty, is the subject of appeal I would rather express no opinion on the judgment, which has been given at present. It will, however, be carefully watched.