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    THE FORMER EDITOR OF A LEADING CAIRO NEWSPAPER WENT ON TRIAL IN CAIRO TODAY (TUESDAY) ACCUSED OF PASSING DEFENCE SECRETS TO FOREIGN AGENTS.

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    THE FORMER EDITOR OF A LEADING CAIRO NEWSPAPER WENT ON TRIAL IN CAIRO TODAY (TUESDAY) ACCUSED OF PASSING DEFENCE SECRETS TO FOREIGN AGENTS. THE SUPREME STATE SECURITY COURT WAS CLEARED SOON AFTER 52-YEAR-OLD MUSTAPHA AMIN, FORMER EDITOR OF AL AKHBAR, PLEADED NOT GUILTY ON THE SECRETS CHARGES BUT GUILTY ON TWO CHARGES OF ILLEGAL CURRENCY DEALS.

    THE PUBLIC SESSION LASTED ONLY 20 MINUTES, WITH LAWYERS AND COURT OFFICIALS COMPETING WITH REPORTERS FOR SEATS IN THE GEZIRA ISLAND COURTROOM. THE JUDGES, PRESIDED OVER BY GENERAL MOHAMMED FOUAD EL DIGWY, SWORE ON THE KORAN TO CONDUCT THE TRIAL IN TRUTH AND JUSTICE. MR. AMIN WAS ASKED IF HE OBJECTED TO ANY MEMBER OF THE COURT AND REPLIED: "BECAUSE I AM INNOCENT, I WELCOMED ANY COURT".

    HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY CHARGES THAT HE PASSED DEFENCE SECRETS AND COMMUNICATED WITH PERSONS WORKING FOR A FOREIGN POWER TO PREJUDICE THE U.A.R., THEN ADMITTED TWO CURRENCY CHARGES.

    THE SUBSEQUENT TWO-HOUR SESSION WAS HELD IN SECRET AT THE REQUEST OF THE PROSECUTION AND WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE THREE DEFENCE LAWYERS.

    AS EGYPT IS STILL FORMALLY AT WAR WITH ISRAEL, THE PROSECUTION COULD ASK FOR THE DEATH SENTENCE ON THE SECRETS CHARGES.

    MR. AMIN WAS ARRESTED IN JULY WITH A UNITED STATES EMBASSY OFFICIAL TO WHOM HE WAS ACCUSED OF HANDING OVER ECONOMIC AND MILITARY INFORMATION HARMFUL TO STATE SECURITY. THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DENIED THAT THE OFFICIAL, MR. BRUCE TAYLOR ODELL, RECEIVED ANY SUCH INFORMATION. HE WAS FREED AFTER CLAIMING DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY, AND RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA314GCVM3S29EBZW5SC144WV8N
    Media URN:
    VLVA314GCVM3S29EBZW5SC144WV8N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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