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War Crimes Trial

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Attorney-General the nature and extent of the powers now held by the international Military Tribunal, now sitting at Nuremberg, enabling it to obtain the attendance of Allied nationals as witnesses, for either the prosecution or the defence, from the nations represented on the tribunal; and whether he is prepared to grant facilities for the transport of those British nationals whose presence is requested by the tribunal.

By Article 17 (a) of the Charter annexed to the Agreement date 8th August, 1945, the international Military Tribunal shall have the power to summon witnesses to the trial and to require their attendance and testimony and to put questions to them, Although there is this power to summon witnesses there is no legal means of compelling their attendance, if any British nationals are summoned by the Tribunal to attend as witnesses, and circumstances permit of their attendance, transport facilities will be made available.