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Spain (Prisoner's Treatment)

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has yet received a report from the Chargé d'Affaires at Madrid on the ill-treatment of one of the nine young Spaniards now under arrest; and if he will state for how long these Spaniards have been held in prison without trial.

I presume my hon. Friend is referring to the case of Isabel Torralba Larrinzar who is alleged to have gone mad under torture. His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires in Madrid has been assured by the Spanish authorities that this woman, who is detained in an ordinary women's prison in Madrid, has not been ill-treated and is not insane. I am hoping, however, that a member of His Majesty's Government's staff in Madrid will soon be permitted to visit this prisoner. It is understood that the prisoners were arrested early in December, 1946.