HC Deb 15 December 1958 vol 597 cc130-1W
26. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of the representations which have been made to him by the Cuban Government, what steps he has taken to contact Messrs. King, Wilson, Flynn and Foster in order to facilitate their appearance as witnesses in the trial of Mr. Topham's assailant, due to begin in Cuba on 20th January, 1959; whether the Cuban Government have yet signified to him their willingness to pay the travelling expenses of Mr. Topham and these witnesses; and what steps he is taking, in view of these latest developments, to safeguard Mr. Top-ham's interests.

Mr. Profumo

Letters have been sent to these four gentlemen, to warn them that they are likely to be called as witnesses. As far as expenses are concerned, Her Majesty's Embassy in Havana is now awaiting a reply from the Cuban Ministry of State.

In order to safeguard Mr. Topham's interests at the trial, if he and the other witnesses are unable to attend, Her Majesty's Embassy has officially asked for the prosecution to be instructed to move the court to accept the written evidence already made available by the witnesses through Letters Rogatory.

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