• Short Summary

    DENIS MICHAEL ROHAN, THE 28-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN SHEEPSHEARER ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRE TO THE AL AQSA MOSQUE IN JERUSALEM LAST AUGUST, WAS YESTERDAY DECLARED NOT GUILTY THROUGH INSANITY.

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    DENIS MICHAEL ROHAN, THE 28-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN SHEEPSHEARER ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRE TO THE AL AQSA MOSQUE IN JERUSALEM LAST AUGUST, WAS YESTERDAY DECLARED NOT GUILTY THROUGH INSANITY. THE ISRAELI COURT FOUND THAT HE DID CAUSE THE FIRE, BUT WAS NOT PUNISHABLE UNDER LAW BECAUSE OF HIS MENTAL STATE.

    ROHAN SHOWED NO SIGN OF EMOTION AS THE VERDICT WAS PRONOUNCED. THE COURT ORDERED HIM TO BE SENT TO HOSPITAL AND GAVE HIM 45 DAYS IN WHICH TO APPEAL.

    THROUGH HIS LAWYER ROHAN HAD PLEADED GUILTY BECAUSE OF INSANITY TO FOUR CHARGES OF ARSON AND VIOLATING A HOLY PLACE. DURING THE TRIAL, WHICH BEGAN ON OCTOBER 6, ROHAN SAID HE TRIED TO BURN DOWN THE MOSQUE BECAUSE GOD WANTED HIM TO REBUILD SOLOMON'S TEMPLE ON THE SITE AND WOULD CROWN HIM KING OF JERUSALEM.

    THE FIRE GUTTED THE SOUTH-EAST WING OF THE MOSQUE AND CAUSED A WAVE OF HORROR THROUGHOUT THE MOSLEM WORLD, WHERE IT IS VENERATED AS THE THIRD MOST HOLY SHRINE OF ISLAM.

    THE COURT'S PRESIDENT, JUDGE BAKER, GAVE THE COURT'S DECISION AT THE END OF A JUDGMENT LASTING OVER TWO HOURS:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3CLE5DGB2WW6X8ZFU2D3Y3DDW
    Media URN:
    VLVA3CLE5DGB2WW6X8ZFU2D3Y3DDW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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