Oral Answers to Questions — Greece (Trials and Sentences)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the representations he made respecting executions or threatened executions in Greece has evoked information from the Greek Government concerning the alleged crimes of the prisoners involved; and the intention of the Greek Government in regard to the sentences and further trials.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Yes, Sir. The Greek Government have informed His Majesty's Ambassador at Athens that the prisoners executed between 4th May and 7th May 1948, had all been condemned to dead by civil courts on the common law charge of murder, personally and directly committed. As regards the second part of the Question, the intentions of the Greek Government are a matter for that Government to decide.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is the right hon. Gentle man satisfied that these charges are correct? Were they charges of specific murder or a euphemism for military operations?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I understand it was direr murder.