HL Deb 10 June 1982 vol 431 cc399-400WA
Lord Segal

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many persons were put to death by the British authorities in West Africa for their complicity in the so-called "leopard murders" and how many of them were subsequently proved to be innocent.

Lord Belstead

Without extensive research into the local court records it is impossible to give a precise answer on either point. In the case of Sierra Leone, details relating to ritual murders committed by the Human Leopard Society were published in 1913 as Command 6961. A copy is in the Library.