§ 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.