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    IRAQ'S INFORMATION MINISTER, ABDULLAH SALLOUM AL-SAMARRAI, HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) DURING WHICH HE WAS ASKED WHY THE BODIES OF II OF THE 14 EXECUTED SPIES HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO HANG FOR SIX HOURS IN BAGHDAD'S TAHRIR (LIBERATION) SQUARE.

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    IRAQ'S INFORMATION MINISTER, ABDULLAH SALLOUM AL-SAMARRAI, HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) DURING WHICH HE WAS ASKED WHY THE BODIES OF II OF THE 14 EXECUTED SPIES HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO HANG FOR SIX HOURS IN BAGHDAD'S TAHRIR (LIBERATION) SQUARE. IN HIS REPLY, MR. AL-SAMARRAI SAID THAT THE JEWS THEMSELVES HAD HANGED JESUS CHRIST IN A MOST UGLY MANNER BUT, HE ADDED, THERE WAS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN JESUS AND THE SPIES WHO WERE HANGED FOR BETRAYING A COUNTRY WHICH HAD SHELTERED THEM FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.

    THE INFORMATION MINISTER DENIED THAT BY HANGING JEWS IRAQ WAS BEING ANTI-SEMITIC. HE CLAIMED THAT IT WAS ZIONIST PROPAGANDA THAT THE 14 MEN HANGED WERE ALL JEWS -- THERE WERE NINE JEWS, FOUR MOSLEMS AND ONE CHRISTIAN.

    HE CONTINUED TO SAY THAT MORE IRAQUIS WOULD GO ON TRIAL AND MORE PUBLIC HANGINGS WOULD RESULT IF ISRAEL CONTINUED TO SUPPLY ARMS AND FUNDS TO ITS MEN IN IRAQ -- "WE WILL PUNISH WITHOUT MERCY THOSE WHO TAMPER WITH OUT COUNTRY'S SECURITY, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS." HE ALSO STATED THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE HAD ALREADY RESPONDED TO A GOVERNMENT STATEMENT PROMISING A PARDON TO ANYONE WHO CONFESSED TO INVOLVEMENT IN ESPIONAGE ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.

    AS TO INTERNATIONAL REACTION TO THE HANGINGS, MR. AL-SAMARRAI SAID: "DEMAGOGIC CAMPAIGNS AND CHEAP CHARGES AGAINST IRAQ" SINCE THE EXECUTIONS SHOWED THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED WERE EITHER UNAWARE OF THE FULL FACTS OR OPEN OT ZIONIST IMPERIALISTIC INFLUENCE.

    DEFENDING THE EXECUTIONS, HE SAID THAT IRAQ HAD IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE ACCUSED, WHO WERE IRAQIS OPERATING FOR ISRAEL, WITH WHOM IRAQ HAD BEEN IN A STATE OF WAR FOR 20 YEARS. AND IRAQ, AS A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY, COULD NOT AGREE TO INTERFERENCE IN ITS DOMESTIC AFFAIRS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3KTAATIL07ATXEBG9GPKCH29K
    Media URN:
    VLVA3KTAATIL07ATXEBG9GPKCH29K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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