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    Delay caused by disagreement over technical points marked the opening session of the Paris military court, Nov 3, in the trial of 20 frenchmen involved in the January insurrection of European extremists in Algiers.

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    Delay caused by disagreement over technical points marked the opening session of the Paris military court, Nov 3, in the trial of 20 frenchmen involved in the January insurrection of European extremists in Algiers.

    One point was the question whether M. Demarcate, a reserve officer and former Poujadist deputy, should be allowed to wear uniform during hid trial. Before Demarcate was sent from the court-room to change into a dark suit, he gave details of im military career. Then he surprised the court with the announcement that his honour had been insulted by M. Delouvrier, the french Delegate-General in Algeria, and that he would challenge him to a duel, choosing naked combat with a paratrooper's dagger. At that the judges withdrew to deliberate.

    Earlier, an argument arose between members of the Bench about the order in which they should sit. It was not until three and a half hours after the trial should have begun that the clerk of the court started reading the indictment. Charges included one of organizing movements whose subversive action was openly directed against the policy of the Government; undertaking propaganda hostile to the Government and the Head of state; gathering leading conspirators with the aim of organizing revolution; and setting up barricades and dug-in camps.

    Four of the accused were tried in their absence, among them Joseph Ortiz, the only defendant who faces a death penalty. the 16 in the dock included Auguste Arnould, head of the Algiers ex-servicemen's association; Pierre Lagaillarde, deputy for Algiers; Colonel Gardez,psychological warfare specialist; Algiers Home Guard commander Sapin-Lignieres; and Alain de Serigny, formerly editor of "L'Echo d'Alger".

    In Algiers the opening of the Paris trial, expected to last several weeks, was marked by a students' sympathy strike. There were scuffles between police and students, and among different groups of students. The Algerian ex-servicemen have declared their solidarity with "those who are going to be judged for having fought for the defence of French positions".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA554S7RRU2UDYHKBW1L23T9O2Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA554S7RRU2UDYHKBW1L23T9O2Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
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    N/A

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