HC Deb 13 March 1946 vol 420 cc228-9W
124. Mr. Follick

asked the Attorney- General whether he has considered the charging under the Defence of the Realm Act and committal for trial, of Elsa Gertrude Bietzmann, aged 35, whose father was German and who has been living in Germany since 1923, and the sentencing of a Channel Islander, John Lingshaw, aged 36, to five years penal servitude, for doing acts with intent to aid the enemy; and if, now that the war is over, he will consider instituting no more prosecutions of this nature.

The Attorney-General

Yes, Sir. The case of Breitzmann issub judice and it would not be proper for me to make any comment. The prosecution of Lingshaw was undertaken after consultation with the authorities of the Island of Jersey as the Royal Court has no jurisdiction to try this type of offence. With regard to the last part of the Question, I have no authority to give any dispensation from the provisions of the law