Detenus.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 19th July 1939.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the fact that an Arab lady, Mrs. Sadij Nassar, of Haifa, after being imprisoned for three months is now being detained for a further period of six months without receiving any information as to the charge against her or undergoing any form of trial; and whether in the circumstances, he will take steps either to bring Mrs. Nassar to trial or else allow her to return to her home and family?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

I have not complete information on this case, but have asked the High Commissioner for a report on it.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

May I ask whether a Writ of Habeas Corpus can issue in a Mandated Territory?

Mr. MacDonald:

I should have to have notice of that question.

Mr. David Adams:

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Mr. Moshinsky, a shopkeeper in Jerusalem, has been detained in the Jerusalem central prison since last May without trial; and how many Jews are detained as a result of the suspension of trial in the Jerusalem and Acre central prisons?

Mr. MacDonald:

I have no information about the case of Mr. Moshinsky, but am asking the High Commissioner for a report. As regards the second part of the question, 122 Jews were detained under the Emergency Regulations at the beginning of the present month. I have no information as to how many of them were detained in the two particular prisons to which the hon. Member refers.

Mr. Adams:

Have the persons concerned been advised of the charges which are levelled against them?

Mr. MacDonald:

I think they are very well aware of the reasons why they are detained.

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many reports he has now asked for from Commissioners and Governors and others and how long he expects to be getting the answers?