Soviet Court Sentences, Berlin

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has lodged any protest against the sentences of 25 years' imprisonment recently imposed by a Soviet Court upon three young Germans from the British sector of Berlin.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

No, Sir. Since none of the young men was a resident of the British Sector, a protest would not have been appropriate.

Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this particularly savage instance of Fascist vindictiveness aroused great indignation in this country?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that. I think that the sentences can be considered vindictive and indeed I am glad to know that the Soviet Commandant has ordered a revision of the sentences.