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    THE TREASON TRIAL OF A FORMER LIBERIAN AMBASSADOR IS NOW IN ITS THIRD WEEK IN MONROVIA.

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    THE TREASON TRIAL OF A FORMER LIBERIAN AMBASSADOR IS NOW IN ITS THIRD WEEK IN MONROVIA. BEFORE THE COURT IS HENRY FAHNBULLEH, FORMER LIBERIAN AMBASSADOR TO TANZANIA, KENYA, AND SIERRA LEONE AND A FIRST SECRETARY AT THE EMBASSY IN LONDON.

    THE TRIAL BEGAN ON JUNE 10. FAHNBULLEH WAS INDICTED ON TREASON CHARGES AFTER A GRAND JURY HEARD OF AN ALLEGED PLOT TO SEIZE POWER WITH THE HELP OF CHINESE REVOLUTIONARIES. HE HAD OBJECTED TO ALL 12 MEMBERS OF THE JURY ON THE GROUNDS THEY WERE AFFILIATED TO THE RULING PARTY. BUT HIS OBJECTION WAS OVER-RULED.

    FAHNBULLEH IS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN LINKED TO ANONYMOUS LETTERS SPELLING OUT A BLUEPRINT FOR THE OVERTHROW OF THE LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT.

    PROSECUTING COUNSEL CLAIM THAT DOCUMENTS FOUND IN FAHNBULLEH'S HOME OUTLINE A 12-POINT PLAN OF ACTION. THERE WERE CLANDESTINE MANIPULATIONS, CAREFULLY PLANNED AND GUIDED BY FOREIGN INFLUENCES, TO PLUNGE LIBERIA INTO A STATE OF DISUNITY, DISHARMONY, AND DISORDER BY FANNING THE FIRE OF TRIBALISM.

    THE DEFENCE CLAIMS THAT DOCUMENTS OFFERED IN EVIDENCE IN NO WAY SHOWED THAT THE DEFENDANT HAD ACTED TREACHEROUSLY.

    DURING THE TRIAL FANHBULLEH WAS DESCRIBED AS "ONE INFATUATED WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS OWN INTELLECT - HE HAD A WAY OF UNDER-RATING PEOPLE." THE TRIAL IS SEEN AS THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE HISTORY OF LIBERIA BECAUSE 'IT HAS ITS ROOTS IN FOREIGN PARTS."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71R02IC1CQA6RM8ENRP1EBJ1Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA71R02IC1CQA6RM8ENRP1EBJ1Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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