In Paris, Mar 2 , the military tribunal which for the past four months has been trying the alleged ringleaders of the Algiers insurrection in January, 1960, met for its 78th and final session.
GV Palais de Justice.
AV Judges' entrance.
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SV.PAN Solicitor-General Mangin enters.
RV Mangin and General Le Carpentier (judge).
SV. Officer enters.
SV. Public enter.
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Background: In Paris, Mar 2 , the military tribunal which for the past four months has been trying the alleged ringleaders of the Algiers insurrection in January, 1960, met for its 78th and final session.
After deliberating for four and a half hours, the court condemned Joseph Ortis to death; sentenced Pierre Lagaillarde, the Algerian deputy, to 10 years detention; Jean Meningaud to seven years; Robert Martel to five years; and Marcel Ronda to three years imprisonment.
The sentences roughly follow the pattern of the prosecution's demands against these six men who had eluded arrest in Algiers or, taking advantage of provisional liberty, had fled to Spain since the opening of the trial. As France has no extradition arrangement with Spain covering political offenses, it is unlikely that they will be brought to justice unless they set foot on French soil.
All thirteen defendants in court were acquitted - rather more than expected. It is thought that the court was open to the arguments of the defence, that these men had been guilty of nothing more than the protection of French soil at a time when "it was not ridiculous to talk of French Algeria".
Among the acquitted are M. Alain de Serigny, director of the newspaper 'Echo d'Alger', and Colonel Jean Gardes, head of psychological warfare at Algiers. Another is M.Jean Demarquet, a former deputy ,who escaped to Spain with M. Lagaillarde and afterwards returned to court.