• Short Summary

    THE TRIAL BEGAN IN PARIS TODAY, (THURSDAY), OF EX-COLONEL ANTOINE ARGOUD, ON CHARGES OF PLOTTING AGAINST THE STATE.

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    THE TRIAL BEGAN IN PARIS TODAY, (THURSDAY), OF EX-COLONEL ANTOINE ARGOUD, ON CHARGES OF PLOTTING AGAINST THE STATE. ARGOUD, WHO IS 49, IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN A LEADER OF THE SECRET ARMY ORGANIZATION, (O.A.S.).

    THE OPENING OF THE TRIAL WAS MARKED BY INCIDENT. WHEN ARGOUD ENTERED THE DOCK OF THE STATE SECURITY COURT, HE COMPLETELY IGNORED THE JUDGES. HE REMAINED SEATED WHEN THE COURT PRESIDENT CALLED ON HIM TO STAND, AND REFUSED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AS TO HIS IDENTITY.

    ARGOUD WAS DELIVERED TO THE PARIS POLICE LAST FEBRUARY TRUSSED UP IN A VAN AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED IN MUNICH. HE CLAIMS THAT HE WAS KIDNAPPED BY FRENCH SPECIAL AGENTS AND THEREFORE THE PROPER EXTRADITION PROCEDURE WAS NOT FOLLOWED. HIS REFUSAL TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE COURT STEMS FROM HIS CLAIM THAT IN THE EYES OF THE LAW HE IS STILL IN MUNICH.

    TODAY THE COURT REJECTED HIS LAWYERS' PLEA THAT THE TRIAL SHOULD BE POSTPONED UNTIL A PARIS APPEAL COURT DECIDED WHETHER THE PROPER EXTRADITION PROCEDURE WAS COMPLIED WITH. IT DECLARED ITSELF COMPETENT TO EXAMINE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH ARGOUD WAS BROUGHT TO PARIS.

    HIS SIX EMINENT DEFENCE LAWYERS HAVE CITED SOME 30 WITNESSES. THEY INCLUDE THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTERS, THE WEST GERMAN SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND FIVE FRENCHMEN NAMED BY THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR IN MUNICH AS SUSPECTED TO BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KIDNAPPING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5U2FP7EEVJ1YGOOOHCK5XJWB0
    Media URN:
    VLVA5U2FP7EEVJ1YGOOOHCK5XJWB0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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