HC Deb 01 March 1965 vol 707 cc191-2W
Mr. James Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he is aware that the Aden Legislative Council have asked the British High Commissioner to ensure that no Adeni arrested on political grounds is detained outside Aden State because of the possibility of torture; and whether he will give an assurance that not detainees have so far been transferred from Aden to Al Ittihad, the South Arabian federal capital.

Mr. Greenwood

The resolution of the Aden Legislative Council which is referred to reads as followsBe it resolved that this Council respectfully requests His Excellency the High Commissioner to take such action as is necessary to ensure that no Adeni arrested on political grounds shall be detained outside the boundaries of Aden State and that all political detainees shall be permitted to receive regular visits from their relations and friends". As will be seen, it contains no mention of the possibility of torture.

The answer to the second part of the Question is "Yes"; but as my hon. Friend may be aware it is possible that some detainees may shortly be transferred to a new detention centre there in order to remove them from the prison in Crater.

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