HC Deb 09 April 1952 vol 498 cc235-6W
74. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware of the action taken by the Government of North Rhodesia to secure the deportation of Mr. Simon Zukas, a Lithuanian refugee who has lived in Northern Rhodesia for 13 years, because he has helped to organise opposition to Central African federation; to what country it is proposed to deport Mr. Zukas; and if he will cause proceedings against this man to be delayed until he has had time to secure proper legal representation.

76. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the reasons which caused the Government of Northern Rhodesia to deport Mr. Zukas.

Mr. Lyttelton

The High Court in Northern Rhodesia is recommending to the. Governor that Mr. Zukas should he deported from the territory. The territory's Penal Code enables the Court to take this action where it is shown to the satisfaction of the Court that a person is conducting himself so as to be dangerous to peace and good order. Mr. Zukas' opposition to federation did not form part of the case against him.

It will be for the Governor to decide whether to make an order in accordance with the Court's recommendation. I am not at present able to say to what country he would be deported.

Mr. Zukas was legally represented at the hearing. Any question of adjournment of the proceedings was, of course,. for the decision of the Court.