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Rhodesia (Bingham Report)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1979.

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Photo of Mr Michael Havers Mr Michael Havers , Wimbledon 12:00 am, 19th December 1979

It is a matter not only of getting co-operation from Shell Mocambique but of getting the documents and the strict proof that I assume would be required of the actual movement of the vehicles from Mozambique into Rhodesia.

As for the 14,000 documents, if prosecuting counsel and his team did not go through all those documents, and if certain documents that were favourable to the defence were brought out for the first time by the defence in the middle of the trial—after six months—when they had been in the possession of the prosecution all the time, and such documents provided an entirely different aspect to the matter, just think how stupid the Crown would look.