HC Deb 07 February 1945 vol 407 cc2054-5
21. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he proposes to take in view of the sentences passed by High Courts in Greece against men accused of carrying arms against the State.

22. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been called to the sentences imposed by a military court in Athens on persons accused of bearing arms against the State; and what steps he is taking to check this contravention of the assurance given by him that the act of bearing arms against the State would not be regarded as a crime in itself and would not be punished.

Mr. Law

I understand that the Press reports on this particular case may not have given a full account of the proceedings of the court. His Majesty's Ambassador in Athens has been asked to furnish a full report, and, until this has been received, I should prefer to make no statement. I can assure the House that His Majesty's Government expect the Greek Government to honour the pledges which both we and they have given.

Mr. McGovern

Is it not the case that a large number of political assassinations are going on in the name of legal justice, and that these are being carried out by both sides in all the released countries in Europe?