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Hungary (Count Karolyi)

Volume 159: debated on Friday 15 December 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the trial for high treason, now proceeding in Budapesth, against Count Karolyi, former President of the Hungarian Republic, on the charge that he worked for peace during the War and, in particular, demanded the dissolution of the alliance between Austria-Hungary and Germany; whether this trial is in contravention of Article 76 of the Treaty of Trianon, which lays it down that no one may be prosecuted for political acts done by him between 4th August, 1914, and the ratification of the Treaty; and what steps he proposes to take to secure the observance of this Clause of the Treaty?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative, and the latter parts of the question do not therefore, for the moment, arise. A report will, however, be called for from His Majesty's Minister at Budapesth when the matter will be duly considered.