HC Deb 24 January 1940 vol 356 cc608-9W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the case in which a certain Swazi chief has been kept in prison under sentence of death for 15 months while the sum of £650 is being collected to enable his appeal to the Privy Council to be made, and in view of the importance of justice in our Colonial relationships, he will give an assurance that any such heavy financial obligation in regard to our Colonial possessions will be met from public sources or waived in similar cases in future?

Mr. M. MacDonald

I fear that I am not in a position to give such an assurance. I have at present under consideration, however, the question of the costs involved in criminal cases where leave to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has been grantedin forma pauperis.

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