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Shooting (Police Action)

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1949

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37.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what information he has about the two women killed by the police in Malaya on the 23rd February entitling him to define them as bandits.

The circumstances in which these women were killed leave no room for doubt. One of the women was in uniform and armed with a pistol and a hand grenade.

The Minister has not accounted for the other woman, and in view of the fact that the House must assume that no statement was taken from her because she was killed before any statement could be taken, could he say on what basis he states that she was a bandit?

I think the evidence is complete from the documents which were found on the woman.

Could my right hon. Friend tell us how long it has been customary for bandits to wear uniform?