HC Deb 25 November 1919 vol 121 cc1595-6
2. Mr. SWAN

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he was aware that affidavits presented to the Peace Conference at Paris by the Egyptian delegation, alleging outrages upon the Egyptian people, had been circulated throughout America; whether his attention had been called to an interview with Mr. Kyriakos Mikhail, formerly Coptic representative in this country, appearing in the "Labour Leader" of 13th November, 1919, in which quotations from the American Press were given stating, among other things, that on Sunday, 30th March, 1919, at the village of Chobak, soldiers had buried alive to their waists the following five persons and then shot them: Sheikh Abdel Ghani Ibrahim Tolba; his brother, Abdel Return Ibrahim Tolba; his son, Said Abdel Ghani Tolba; and two others, Khafgi Marzouk and Abdel Samad el Okbi; and whether he would cause an immediate investigation to be made into this assertion as well as the similar specific allegations which have been reproduced in the "Egyptian Circular," edited by Mr. Mikhail, of 15th November, 1919?


I am aware that allegations of outrages committed by British troops have been circulated by the Egyptian Nationalists both in America and in this country. These allegations have already been the subject of thorough investigation in Egypt, and have received the personal attention of the Commander-in-Chief. In no case do the facts correspond with those set forth in such publications as the "Egyptian Circular."

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