Dr. Dennis Osborne (Detention)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ghana – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 1964.

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Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree 12:00 am, 30th January 1964

Dr. Osborne was arrested on 17th January and was released on 24th January subject to certain restrictions. The reason given for his detention was that the Ghana Security Service wished to question him in connection with alleged subversive activities.

Despite repeated requests by the Acting High Commissioner no representative of the British High Commission in Accra was allowed to see Dr. Osborne during this period. This is contrary to widely accepted international practice and especially to Commonwealth practice as we understand it. We should never deny the Ghana High Commissioner access to a Ghanaian citizen arrested in this country. My right hon. Friend is pursuing this point further with the Ghana Government.