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    THE TRIAL OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL SUPARDJO, OPENED IN DJAKARTA ON THURSDAY. A FORMER COMMANDER OF TROOPS?

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    THE TRIAL OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL SUPARDJO, OPENED IN DJAKARTA ON THURSDAY. A FORMER COMMANDER OF TROOPS IN WEST BORNEO AND ALLEGED MILITARY STRATEGIST BEHIND THE 1965 ABORTIVE COMMUNIST COUP, SUPARDJO IS CHARGED WITH TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BY FORCE. THE CHARGE CARRIES THE DEATH SENTENCE. HE HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY.

    SUPARDJO HAS TOLD THE TRIBUNAL THAT HE BRIEFED PRESIDENT SUKARNO ON THE MORNING OF THE COUP THAT SIX GENERALS HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED, AND ANOTHER, THEN DEFENCE MINISTER GENERAL ABDUL HARIS NASUTION, HAD BEEN WOUNDED. HE CLAIMED THE PRESIDENT CLAPPED HIM ON THE SHOULDER AND SAID: "THAT SORT OF THING WILL HAPPEN IN A REVOLUTION."
    PRESIDENT SUKARNO ORDERED HIM TO STOP THE COUP, SAID SUPARDJO, SOON AFTER RECEIVING A FULL REPORT ON ITS OPERATIONS AND THE COUP THEREFORE FAILED.HE HIMSELF THEN WENT INTO HIDING, AND WAS CAPTURED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR AFTER 15 MONTHS ON THE RUN. HE SAID THAT HE HAD TRIED TO ARRANGE WITH THE AIR FORCE TO FLY THE COMMUNISTS PARTY CHIEF, D.N. AIDIT -- KILLED IN SUBSEQUENT MILITARY OPERATIONS -- FROM HALIM AIR BASE NEAR DJAKARTA TO THE CENTRAL JAVA TOWN OF JOGDJAKARTA.

    A STRONG MILITARY FORCE, COMPLETE WITH ARMOURED CARS, RINGED THE COURTHOUSE WHERE THE CASE IS BEING HEARD. WOMEN HAVE HAD TO LEAVE THEIR HANDBAGS WITH SECURITY WOMEN BEFORE BEING ADMITTED TO THE COURTROOM. THE TRIAL IS BEING BROADCAST OVER RADIO DJAKARTA AND SEVERAL LOUDSPEAKERS WERE ERECTED OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE FOR THOSE WHO FAILED TO GET SEATS INSIDE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA48PBWSVSCIPDSM70IO6DFJPHV
    Media URN:
    VLVA48PBWSVSCIPDSM70IO6DFJPHV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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