• Short Summary

    The three Croat guerrillas who were executed by firing squad in Yugoslavia recently were tried by a military court in Belgrade, the country's capital, last December.

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    The three Croat guerrillas who were executed by firing squad in Yugoslavia recently were tried by a military court in Belgrade, the country's capital, last December. They and a fourth man, sentenced to 20 years in prison, were the only survivors of an armed, 19-man group which entered Yugoslavia from Austria last June and clashed with troops in a shooting battle. Thirteen soldiers were killed alongside the fifteen guerrillas that died. Some of them held dual Australian-Yugoslav nationality and were said to have trained in Australia. The Australian Government has lodged a protest with the Yugoslav Government over the executions.

    The executions were announced in Belgrade on Thursday (April 12), but the execution date was not specified. Film of the December trial was released on Friday (April 13).

    The men belonged to a group of Croats which is sworn to work for the independence of Croatia from Yugoslavia by violent means.

    SYNOPSIS: Three Croatian guerrillas who were tried in Yugoslavia last December -- this film of their trial has just been released -- were recently executed by firing squad. The announcement of their execution came from Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia, on Thursday. But the announcement, from the Yugoslav Government, did not give a date. The fourth man at the trial was given a twenty-year prison sentence.

    The four accused were the only survivors of a nineteen-man guerrilla party which entered Yugoslavia from Austria last June -- and clashed with troops in a shooting battle. Thirteen soldiers died along with the fifteen guerrillas who didn't survive.

    Some of the guerrillas, who belonged to a group seeking independence for Croatia from Yugoslavia by violent means, held dual Yugoslav-Australian citizenship. They were also said to have trained in Australia, where they had emigrated. The Australian Government has lodged a protest with the Yugoslav Government over the executions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5TR3DL0ICSHL6ANQLNNX319NL
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TR3DL0ICSHL6ANQLNNX319NL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1973
    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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