§ 2.40 p.m.
§ VISCOUNT MASSEREENE AND FERRARD
My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is true as reported, that a charge of assault against three Nigerians was recently withdrawn in Marylebone Magistrates Court in order that the matter might be dealt with under tribal law.]
§ LORD STONHAM
My Lords, I am informed that the prosecution was not withdrawn in order to leave the case to 158 some tribal jurisdiction but because the prosecutor, who is also a Nigerian, declined to give evidence at the hearing. The Director of Public Prosecutions was informed by the court and saw no reason to intervene. The defendants also withdrew their cross-summonses for assault against the prosecutor, and the matter seems to have been settled amicably.