HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 cc193-4W
Sir F. Sanderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that a few months ago about four young Englishmen were arrested on m.y. "Zagario," at San Remo and were placed in gaol there where they remained several weeks and have since been transferred to Savona Gaol; and whether he will state the nature of the charge against them; the conditions under which they are living; and what is being done to speed up their trial or to grant bail pending their trial.

Mr. Mayhew

Yes, Sir. The yacht in question is the "Jungara." The owner, Mr. Gregory, and three other British members of the crew have been awaiting trial since the 10th June on a charge of conspiring to smuggle cigarettes into Italy. His Majesty's Consul-General at Genoa has visited the men in prison and has on several occasions approached the local authorities with a view to the men being released on bail and to the case being brought to trial at an early date. One of the men has since arrived back in this country on bail, a second is expected and I am awaiting news of the remaining two.