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    THE TRIAL BEGAN IN THE SUPREME COURT IN CAPE TOWN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) OF DEMETRIO TSAFENDAS, ON A CHARGE OF ASSASSINATING THE SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER, DR.

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    SUPREME COURT; PEOPLE QUEUEING; MR JUSTICE BEYERS ARRIVES; DEMONSTRATOR; OTHER ARRIVALS; CROWD.




    Initials JMC/V--S/MR/JG



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    Background: THE TRIAL BEGAN IN THE SUPREME COURT IN CAPE TOWN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) OF DEMETRIO TSAFENDAS, ON A CHARGE OF ASSASSINATING THE SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER, DR. HENDRICK VERWOERD, IN THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER LAST SEPTEMBER 6.

    THE DEFENCE IS TO TRY TO SHOW THAT TSAFENDAS, A 48 YEAR-OLD PARLIAMENTARY MESSENGER, WAS MENTALLY DISTURBED AND THAT ON SEPTEMBER 6, THE DAY OF THE ASSASSINATION, HE WAS OF UNSOUND MIND.

    THE DEFENCE POINTED OUT THAT UNDER SOUTH AFRICAN LAW, IF TSAFENDAS WAS FOUND TO BE MENTALLY DISTURBED, HE MUST BE COMMITTED TO AN INSTITUTION UNTIL HIS RELEASE WAS ORDERED BY THE STATE. IF THE COURT REJECTS THE INSANITY SUBMISSION, TSAFENDAS FACES THE DEATH SENTENCE.

    AT YESTERDAY'S HEARING, A PSYCHIATRIST, DR. HAROLD COOPER, SAID TSAFENDAS KNEW HE HAD DONE WRONG IN KILLING DR. VERWOERD, BUT HE DID NOT KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE WRONG-DOING AND COULD GIVE NO COHERENT REASON FOR THE DEED. DR. COOPER SAID TSAFENDAS WAS OBSESSED BY THE BELIEF THAT HE HAD A TAPEWORM IN HIS BODY SINCE 1935 OR 1936 AND THAT IT HAD CHANGED HIS LIFE.

    THE TRIAL IS BEING HEAR BY MR. JUSTICE BEYERS AND TWO ASSESSORS.

    HUNDREDS OF SPECTATORS STARTED QUEUEING OUTSIDE THE SUPREME COURT EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE WERE ADMITTED AND CRAMMED EVERY INCH OF SPACE IN THE COURTROOM. POLICE CLOSELY GUARDED THE COURTROOM AND THE CORRIDORS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1A8F5B58CYLGOT5IUTWMCY3JP
    Media URN:
    VLVA1A8F5B58CYLGOT5IUTWMCY3JP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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