• Short Summary

    A MAN ACCUSED OF LEADING AN ISRAELI ESPIONAGE RING IN SYRIA, ELIE COHEN, WAS PUBLICLY HANGED IN THE ALMARJEH (MARTYRS) SQUARE IN DAMASCUS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    A MAN ACCUSED OF LEADING AN ISRAELI ESPIONAGE RING IN SYRIA, ELIE COHEN, WAS PUBLICLY HANGED IN THE ALMARJEH (MARTYRS) SQUARE IN DAMASCUS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). COHEN WAS CONVICTED BY A SPECIAL MILITARY COURT ON MAY 8, AFTER A TRIAL LASTING 40 DAYS. HE WAS THE FIRST ISRAELI SUBJECT TO BE EXECUTED IN SYRIA.

    COHEN, WHOSE FULL NAME WAS ELIAHU BEN SAUL COHEN, WAS CONVICTED OF ENTERING A MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT IN DISGUISE AND PASSING INFORMATION TO THE ENEMY.

    HE ENTERED SYRIA THREE YEARS AGO, CLAIMING THAT HE WAS AN ARAB IMMIGRANT FROM ARGENTINA.

    AFTER THE EXECUTION THE VERDICT OF THE COURT WHICH CONVICTED HIM WAS ATTACHED TO COHEN'S BODY, WHICH REMAINED ON THE GALLOWS FOR SIX HOURS.

    BEFORE THE EXECUTION COHEN TOLD THE PRESIDENT OF THE COURT THAT HE WAS SORRY FOR HIS ACTIONS AND CONFIRMED ALL PREVIOUS CONFESSIONS.

    COHEN, WHO WAS AGED 40, LEAVES A WIDOW AND THREE CHILDREN.

    THE ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY IN TEL AVIV ISSUED A STATEMENT EXPRESSING "SHOCK AND CONSTERNATION", AND ADDING THAT COHEN HAD BEEN DEPRIVED OF LEGAL REPRESENTATION. THE STATEMENT SAID THAT SCORES OF PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS HAD APPEALED TO THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT TO EXERCISE MERCY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6TC4U4Y5YS68XYQSL3N5XDRH1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TC4U4Y5YS68XYQSL3N5XDRH1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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