UK opposed Nuremberg trials, preferring to execute top Nazis

Hermann Göring (left, in dark glasses) sits beside Hermann Hesse and other top Nazis at their trial in Nuremberg. Photo: Keystone

The British government opposed the establishment of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunals at the end of the second world war because it wanted selected Nazi leaders to be summarily executed and others to be imprisoned without trial, according to a contemporary account that w

Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 3:35am

Secrets and spies

It is a gloomy morning in London, but rain hasn't stopped about 100 international journalists from cramming into a press conference at publisher Penguin. All this for a book? But which one? Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol?

27 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1980

The front-page lead was datelined London but the report was about a remote corner of Hong Kong Island, called Little Sai Wan.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

MI5 accused of smearing top UK policeman

Security service suspected British officer born in Iran of spying for Tehran

One of Britain's most senior police officers has accused MI5 of smearing him after it emerged this week that the security service told Scotland Yard it suspected him of being an Iranian spy.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

007s shaken and stirred

A series of recent blunders has meant Britain's intelligence agencies have lost something of their James Bond image and instead developed a reputation for incompetence.

Two laptop computers loaded with sensitive information have gone missing in separate incidents that have raised questions over internal security and just who gets to be a secret agent.

4 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Skeletons rattle in a secret closet

The activities of Britain's secret service, MI5, are naturally something of a mystery, but recent revelations have renewed the debate about who controls the cloak and dagger brigade.

21 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Caught again

The Court of Final Appeal's decision on residency caught our civil service, once more, unprepared. It would appear to be a matter of gross incompetence that there existed no systematic pre-agreed contingency plan.

Could Anson Chan Fang On-sang please explain this woeful oversight? STEPHEN BROWN Tai Po

12 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Security Wing funding challenge dropped

Legco Security Panel chairman James To Kun-sun will today withdraw his bid to reject the $156.4 million funding for the controversial Security Wing.

However, he will demand major reforms to monitor the wing's work.

Mr To decided not to press ahead with his amendment to the Appropriation Bill to avoid cutting funds for legitimate security work.

3 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Head of MI5 speaks out on TV

THE head of MI5, Britain's secret service, has spoken about its role for the first time - indicating that most of its work today is directed against terrorism and disclosing that half its staff are women.

Stella Rimington, the first director-general of the service to be publicly identified, made her remarks during an unprecedented television lecture.

14 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Force takes action to avoid operational errors

POLICE are drawing up a policy on security technology to ensure that any state-of-the-art equipment they buy actually meets their needs.

Instead of a piecemeal approach by various sections, the police committee aims to drawing up a policy consistent and compatible within the force.

31 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Playing out the 'Great Game'

EARLIER this year, Governor Chris Patten started talking publicly and confidently about internal splits in the Chinese leadership over policy towards Hong Kong.

His statements were aimed at giving him the upper hand in his continuing battle with Beijing and driving a wedge of doubt, suspicion and uncertainty between his adversaries in Beijing and in the territory.

5 Dec 1993 - 12:00am