HC Deb 06 April 1955 vol 539 cc95-6W
Mr. Benn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Africans tried and acquitted in Kenya during the emergency were released on acquittal; how many were detained under the emergency regulations; how many were subsequently released; and how many are still detained.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

, pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 9th March, 1955; Vol. 538, c. 46] supplied the following information

Up to 12th March, 1955, 18,852 persons were tried and acquitted on charges connected with the emergency. Of these, 166 were immediately detained on orders issued by the Governor under Emergency

Regulations. These detainees were known to be leading members of the Mau Mau movement; proof acceptable to the court of their association was not forthcoming. All are still detained. In addition, a small number of other less important members of the Mau Mau movement have been similarly detained by District Commissioners under delegated powers.

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