HC Deb 13 June 1956 vol 554 cc570-1
32. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to ensure that the police at Kiambu, Kenya, do not hold persons in custody unlawfully or extort confessions from them, in view of the resident magistrate's judgment, on 23rd May last, in the case of Niwolo Nywili discharged at the preliminary inquiry when accused of killing his employer.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

A full inquiry into the circumstances of this case has been ordered by the Commissioner of Police.

Mr. Rankin

Is the Secretary of State aware that the magistrate, Mr. C. L. Regan, has stated that the sooner the police at Kiambu understand the judges' rules and apply them, the better? Will the Secretary of State ensure that that statement is kept before the court of inquiry?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

That is, of course, a very important observation for it to consider.

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