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    A former Israeli paratrooper admitted visiting Syria and passing on military information when he appeared before a court in Haifa on Sunday (11 Feb) charged with espionage.

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    A former Israeli paratrooper admitted visiting Syria and passing on military information when he appeared before a court in Haifa on Sunday (11 Feb) charged with espionage.

    But despite the partial admission by the man, Ehud Adiv -- through his attorney -- the three-man bench entered pleas of not guilty for him and five others appearing on similar charges.

    Strict security was in force at haifa district court when the six appeared, and Israel Radio reported that there had been an anonymous bomb threat. But nothing happened.

    The alleged ???py network, said to be backed by Syria, has caused much concern in Israel since six Jews were among some forty people arrested. The rest were Israeli Arabs.

    The case of Adiv aroused particular concern because in a way he personified the image of the young Israeli....a tough paratrooper and a worker on a Kibbutz (communal farm). But he was also a member of an extreme left wing M???oist group.

    Members of the alleged network are being tried in batches. Apart from Adiv, the five who appeared on Sunday were Dan Vered, a Jewish school teacher and four Israeli Arabs: Aboud Osman Turki, Simeon Hadad, Subhi Na'Arani and Anis Arad Karawi. Turki was claimed to be the leader.

    The proceedings lasted only 20 minutes and the court was adjourned until February 25th.

    SYNOPSIS: At the district court in the Israeli city of Heifa on Sunday, strict security precautions were in force for the tri???l of two Jews and four Israeli Arabs charged with being members of a Syrian-backed spy ring.

    Everyone going into the court -- even journalists with special passes -- was checked.

    security was especially stringent because of an anonymous telephone call saying a bomb had been planted. But nothing was found and there were no incidents.

    Eventually, the six suspects arrived in a special bus. The court hearing lasted only twenty minutes and the c??? was adjourned until February the 25th. Please of not guilty were entered for the six defendants. They are among forty people being tried in batches following a round-up by Israeli security forces last December.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA39PZE0DWY9724XARVFE99HJG1
    Media URN:
    VLVA39PZE0DWY9724XARVFE99HJG1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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