Police Inspector's Trial.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 28th June 1939.

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Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman:

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the offence of Police Inspector Goddard, who was on trial in Palestine; and what was the result of the trial?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

Inspector Goddard was charged on 22 counts, all of which were in connection with the traffic in illegal immigration. He was found guilty on all the counts. but was released on entering into a bond, in the sum of £200 with one surety in £200, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for the period of two years.

Sir N. Stewart Sandeman:

Is it not a perfectly absurd sentence when a man in a responsible position has taken bribes against the Government and is let off with practically only having to find security? Is it possible for anything further to be done about the matter?

Mr. MacDonald:

It is not a question for His Majesty's Government or the Administration of Palestine.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

Is it a fact that this corrupt police officer has been dismissed?

Mr. MacDonald:

That is another question, on which I am making inquiries. I am not in a position to give an answer.