HC Deb 12 July 1915 vol 73 cc644-5

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies under what Order in Council Mr. L. W. Ritch, barrister-at-law, was arrested and deported from British East Africa in November last; what were the nature and details of the charge; by whom was it preferred; and by what evidence was it supported?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Bonar Law)

Mr. Riteh was not deported under an Order in Council but under Martial Law, which was proclaimed in British East Africa on the 5th August. He was deported in the interest of the peace and security of the Protectorate, and I see no reason to doubt the wisdom of the course taken.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not prepared to state more definitely the reasons, and to say whether there was anything in his conduct to justify the action taken?


The fact that Martial Law was proclaimed was in itself proof that it was considered necessary to take steps beyond the ordinary law. I do not think it would be in the public interest to state the grounds.