• Short Summary

    INDONESIA'S TOP COMMUNIST LEADER, SUDISMAN, WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TREASON BY A SPECIAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL IN DJAKARTA ON THURSDAY.

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    INDONESIA'S TOP COMMUNIST LEADER, SUDISMAN, WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TREASON BY A SPECIAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL IN DJAKARTA ON THURSDAY. THE CHARGES AROSE OUT OF HIS PART IN THE ABORTIVE COUP OF 1965.

    SUDISMAN TOOK THE SENTENCE CALMLY IN COURT WOUND UP HIS THREE-WEEK LONG TRIAL. IT WAS HIS 47TH BIRTHDAY.

    HE WAS FORMERLY THE FIFTH RANKING MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BANNED INDONESIAN COMMUNIST PARTY, BUT BECAME SENIOR PARTY MEMBER AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS FOUR SUPERIORS, INCLUDING PARTY LEADER D.N. AIDIT, IN THE COUP AFTERMATH.

    THE COURT REFUSED HIS REQUEST TO READ A LONG PREPARED STATEMENT IN REACTION TO HIS SENTENCE AND REJECTED HIS SUGGESTION THAT A FACT-FINDING MISSION FROM SOCIALIST COUNTRIES BE INVITED TO INDONESIA TO VERIFY HIS CLAIM THAT RIGHTWING GENERALS MASSACRED THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT INDONESIANS IN THE WAKE OF THE COUP. IT ALSO REJECTED HIS REQUEST TO BRING SOME ARMY GENERALS ON TRIAL FOR TREASON.

    SUDISMAN MAINTAINED HIS PARTY SUPPORTED THE COUP BECAUSE IT FEARED ARMY GENERALS WERE PLANNING TO TAKE POWER IN INDONESIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7NDK9O7X967FPV05NTECL568S
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NDK9O7X967FPV05NTECL568S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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