HC Deb 20 September 1948 vol 456 cc491-2
39. Mr. Eric Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has lodged any protest against the sentences of 25 years' imprisonment recently imposed by a Soviet Court upon three young Germans from the British sector of Berlin.

Mr. Mayhew

No, Sir. Since none of the young men was a resident of the British Sector, a protest would not have been appropriate.

Mr. Fletcher

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this particularly savage instance of Fascist vindictiveness aroused great indignation in this country?

Mr. Mayhew

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that. I think that the sentences can be considered vindictive and indeed I am glad to know that the Soviet Commandant has ordered a revision of the sentences.

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