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Eritrea (Jewish Detainees)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Jews arrested in Palestine under the Defence Regulations without trial are now detained in the Sudan; how long have they been there; and whether there is any plan for their release.

Some 250 persons in this category have been detained in the Sudan since October, 1944. They were moved a few weeks ago to Eritrea. Their cases are periodically reviewed by a Committee whose duty it is to advise as to their release or further detention. Under this arrangement 48 detainees have in fact been released, and, having regard to the present internal security conditions in Palestine, I do not think it would be desirable to go further at present.