HC Deb 29 July 1958 vol 592 cc1136-7
33. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many offenders arrested in Cyprus under the Emergency Regulations, since January of this year, have been granted bail.

Mr. Profumo

One hundred and twenty-eight.

Mrs. Castle

How many of those arrested were in cases involving offences which could bring the death penalty? Is it a fact that a Turkish police sergeant carrying a primed bomb in his car, a case which carries the death penalty under the Emergency Regulations, was granted bail, jumped his bail and escaped to Turkey? Is this the only case of its kind? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a widespread belief in Cyprus that the Emergency Regulations are not being operated with scrupulous impartiality?

Hon. Members


Mr. Profumo

I simply will not accept the implications of the hon. Lady's question. There is a later Question on the subject which will be answered by my right hon. Friend. The answer to the first part of the hon. Lady's supplementary question is that there were six cases of carrying firearms, four Greek and two Turkish.