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Arrested Officer, Singapore (Release)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the case of a young officer who has been released in Singapore after nine months under arrest on a murder charge which has been dropped; whether he will carry out a special investigation of this case; and if he will give an assurance that such cases will not recur in future.

I am looking into this case which was of a very exceptional nature. As regards the last part of the Question, my right hon. Friend and I are determined to eliminate delays in bringing men to trial and we are taking the most energetic measures towards this end. This question is also one of those which the Lewis Committee is considering.