HC Deb 19 November 1952 vol 507 c166W
77. Mr. S. O. Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies by what law was the young Malayan woman, Lee Ten Tai, put on trial for her life a second time after she had previously been found not guilty on the same charges by a properly constituted court of law.

Mr. Lyttelton

The question is based on a misapprehension. Lee Ten Tai, or Lee Meng, has not been found not guilty. The first court, consisting of a judge and two assessors, failed to agree upon a verdict the judge disagreeing with the two assessors. In such a case Section 198 (ii) of the Federation of Malaya Criminal Procedure Code directs a new trial to be held with the aid of fresh assessors.

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