• Short Summary

    Two hundred and twenty air force officers and men, accused of complicity in the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Hassan by trying to shoot down his aircraft, were undergoing trial by court martial on Thursday (19 October).

  • Description

    Two hundred and twenty air force officers and men, accused of complicity in the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Hassan by trying to shoot down his aircraft, were undergoing trial by court martial on Thursday (19 October).

    On his return from a state visit to France last August 26, King Hassan's airliner was badly damaged by Moroccan fighters flying out of Kenitra Airbase. The King's aircraft managed to land safely at Rabat, with the King unhurt.

    Among the accused officers was the former commander of the Kenitra Airbase, Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Amokrane, who was alleged to have directed the fighter attack from the control tower.

    General Mohamed Oufkir, the former Defence Minister and the alleged leader of the assassination attempt, shot himself a few hours after the coup. The General had been given his post and direct control over the army following an earlier abortive uprising.

    The trial follows a "purge and rejuvenation" of military leadership by the King, who has taken personal command of the 50,000-strong armed force after abolishing the Defence Ministry.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1S2B3Y8XCZLCL4UWAFUL68Q7G
    Media URN:
    VLVA1S2B3Y8XCZLCL4UWAFUL68Q7G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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