HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 c290W
Commander Sir E. NICHOLL

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the German submarine commander, Captain Keisewetter, has been released from the Tower and has been allowed to return to Germany; if the inquiry held into this case exonerated this submarine Captain Keisewetter from any responsibility for the sinking of hospital ships; if the report of his examination will be published; and if the Government still intends to bring to justice all the seventy-one enemy officers comprised in the Admiralty list?


Captain Keisewetter was being repatriated from Spain, together with other Germans, the party having Leen furnished with a safe conduct endorsed by H. B. M. Embassy at Madrid. It was not known at the time that Keisewetter was guilty. Papers taken from Keisewetter, on examination at Falmouth, were considered to contain clear evidence of guilt. The question arose whether this fact should invalidate the safe conduct. After careful consideration and consultation with the Foreign Office, it was decided that effect would have to be given to the safe conduct, and Keisewetter was therefore allowed to proceed to Germany. It is the intention of His Majesty's Government to demand the surrender for trial of Keisewetter under Article 228 of the Peace Treaty; but the question of how many enemy submarine officers against whom there is evidence of unlawful practice are to be demanded is still under consideration.

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