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R. v. Willcocks and Kennedy, 1920

[criminal libel]

R. v. Willcocks and Kennedy

Consular Court, Cairo
1920
Source: The Times, 1 July 1920

 

NILE PROJECTS REPORT.

SIR W. WILLCOCKS SUED FOR LIBEL.

CAIRO, JUNE 28.

Proceedings for defamatory libel have been initiated against Sir William Willcocks and Colonel Kennedy, who are to appear before the British Consular Court at Cairo on Friday. ...

According to a Reuter telegram the libel proceedings against Sir William Willcocks (the engineer for the Assam dam) and Lieutenant-Colonel Ralston Kennedy are being taken by Sir Murdoch Macdonald, Adviser to the Egyptian Ministry of Public Works, against whom Sir W. Willcocks and Colonel Kennedy brought charges which were recently dismissed by the Commission.  These charges referred to the Nile Irrigation Works, questioned the trustworthiness of the data officially supplied and strongly impugned Sir M. Macdonald's conduct, arraigning him as unfit to hold his post.

Source: The Times, 3 July 1920

SIR W. WILLCOCKS SENT FOR TRIAL.

Cairo, July 2.  The Consular Court has committed Sir William Willcocks and Lieutenant-Colonel Kennedy for trial on a charge of criminal and seditious libel in connexion with the charges (relating to the Nile irrigation projects) they brought against Sir Murdoch Macdonald, Adviser to the Egyptian Ministry of Public Works.

Bail of £500 is allowed.

Source: The Times, 26 January 1921

CAIRO LIBEL CASE.

SIR WILLIAM WILLCOCKS ON TRIAL.

Cairo, Jan. 24.

This morning the hearing of the criminal libel against Sir William Willcocks and Colonel Kennedy was begun before Judge Grain, of the British Supreme Consular Court.

As evidence was given that Colonel Kennedy was so ill as possible unable to stand his trial for another six weeks the case was taken only against Sir William Willcocks, who is defended by Mr. Silley.  The charges preferred are: -

  1. The publishing of two pamphlets containing a defamatory libel against Sir Murdoch Macdonald (the Adviser to the Ministry of Public Works).
  2. Sedition under an Order in Council of 1910, which was specially applied to Egypt in 1915.

This morning's sitting was occupied by the opening speech of Mr. Preston, the Crown prosecutor.

Sir Murdoch Macdonald was accused by Sir William Willcocks and Colonel Kennedy of having falsified gauge-readings in connexion with an irrigation and water storage scheme for Egypt and the Sudan.  The Nile commission, which examined this scheme, published a Report in December, in which Sir Murdoch Macdonald was vindicated, and the arguments advanced by Sir William Willcocks in support of his contention were rejected.

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