War Prisoners (Trials)

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

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the international undertaking that war prisoners handed over on capture to Allied Powers would be given a fair trial, what steps he took in the case of the six Yugoslavs who were handed over on his instructions by the British authorities in Germany to the Yugoslav Government on 2nd August to ensure that this would be the case.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

A resolution of the General Assembly passed last October reminded members of the United Nations that "trials of war criminals and traitors should be governed by the principles of justice, law and evidence." Responsibility rests upon Yugoslavia to ensure a fair trial under this resolution and His Majesty's Government were not in a position to take such steps themselves.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Has the Under-Secretary's right hon. Friend any information as to what has happened to these six people since they were sent back?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I understand that their trial has not yet taken place.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is my hon. Friend aware that I and other Members of this House have made representations to the Yugoslav Ambassador and have got no change at all, not even a reply?