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Old Bailey Trial (Defence Allegations)

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 29 April 1982

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asked the Attorney-General if he has considered the comments made by one of the defence lawyers, Mr. Narayan, during the recent trial of a number of youths on charges, including affray, at the Old Bailey, that the Director of Public Prosecutions, together with others connected with the trial, were biased and racially prejudiced; and whether he will make a statement.

I have indeed considered the comments made by Mr. Narayan about both the Director of Public Prosecutions and myself. They are extremely defamatory and totally untrue. However, I take the charitable view that the strain of the trial in which Mr. Narayan had been appearing and to which the hon. Member refers, must have affected his judgment. I do not propose to make any further statement about this matter.