HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 cc280-1W
21. Major Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in view of the fact that five Yugoslav nationals, against whom a prima facie case of active collaboration with the Axis Powers has been established, have now been forcibly repatriated to Yugoslavia, he will give an assurance that no other Yugoslavs will be surrendered pending satisfactory information from British sources regarding the treatment and fair trial of the five individuals already handed over.

Mr. Mayhew

No. In accordance with our international undertakings and the resolution passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations last October, these men have been surrendered to the Yugoslav Government, because aprima facie case of active and wilful collaboration had been established against them to the satisfaction of British legal opinion. If a similar case is established against other Yugoslavs, His Majesty's Government will not feel justified in delaying their surrender. His Majesty's Government will naturally try to satisfy themselves that the treatment accorded to those surrendered is in conformity with the terms of the Assembly resolution.