HC Deb 19 February 1941 vol 369 c143
32. Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any further consideration has been given to the case of the young men in the Sierra Leone Heavy Battery who were sentenced by court-martial in 1939 to terms of imprisonment, ranging up to 15 years, in Freetown for mutiny; and whether any information can be given as to the result of this further review?

Mr. Law

The normal review of these sentences is a matter for the Officer Commanding Troops, Sierra Leone, who is the reviewing authority under the Army Act. Six men have now completed their sentences and have consequently been released. Inquiries are being made by cable as to the result of the latest review of the cases of the men still under sentence.

Mr. Adams

When is it anticipated that the reply will be received?

Mr. Law

I am afraid I cannot give an answer to that, but I should imagine it would be a matter of days.