HC Deb 29 March 1999 vol 328 cc488-9W
Mr. Peter Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons, on what date, in what circumstances and manner and under what powers Mr. Tony Geraghty was arrested; when his bail will be ended; what charges are in prospect against him; and if his Department plans to take action in relation to his recently published book. [79019]

Mr. Doug Henderson

Mr. Tony Geraghty's home address was searched on 3 December 1998, under warrant, by Ministry of Defence Police officers investigating alleged offences against the Official Secrets Acts, concerning his book "The Irish War".Mr. Geraghty was arrested and placed on unconditional police bail, he is due to answer his bail on 22 April 1999. A file has been prepared by the Ministry of Defence Police and submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service. The Crown Prosecution Service will determine whether or not Mr. Geraghty will face charges. The Ministry of Defence Police were acting under powers conferred by the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987.

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