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Uganda (Mr D C Hills)

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement concerning the case of Mr. Denis Hills at present under arrest in Uganda facing charges liable to render him subject to trial before a military tribunal and subject to the death penalty.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking with regard to the case of the British subject in Uganda, Mr. D. C. Hills, who is reported as being about to be tried by military tribunal with the possibility of sentence of death by firing squads if found guilty.

Mr. Hills was arrested in Kampala on 1st April and charged on 18th April with "alleged spying and writing a seditious book". At the first hearing on 24th April the case was adjourned until 6th May so that Mr. Hills could appoint legal representatives. He is being visited regularly by members of the British High Commission staff who have done and will continue to do all they can to help him.I shall continue to watch developments in this case closely.