HC Deb 18 July 1969 vol 787 c213W
Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the application of Mr. Letlakha, a South African citizen, for political asylum in this country, and on the action which he has taken.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Mr. Letlakha arrived here from the Congo, via Brussels, on 4th July and applied for political asylum. His application was most carefully considered. I made enquiries from the British representative at Kinshasa, and have also been in touch with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. I have no reason to think that the Congolese authorities will cease to accord Mr. Letlakha proper treatment as a refugee and so, consistently with the internationally-accepted criterion which we apply, there is no case for the grant of asylum here. Arrangements are being made for Mr. Letlakha's departure.