• Short Summary

    THE RE-TRIAL BEGAN IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (MONDAY, MARCH 2ND) OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE LOWER HOUSE DEPUTY TRAN NGOC CHAU, WHO LAST WEEK WAS CHARGED WITH CONSORTING WITH HIS COMMUNIST BROTHER.

  • Description

    THE RE-TRIAL BEGAN IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (MONDAY, MARCH 2ND) OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE LOWER HOUSE DEPUTY TRAN NGOC CHAU, WHO LAST WEEK WAS CHARGED WITH CONSORTING WITH HIS COMMUNIST BROTHER. CHAU, WHO WAS NOT PRESENT AT THE FIRST HEARING, WAS SENTENCED TO TWENTY-YEARS HARD LABOUR.

    THE MILITARY COURT IN THE NAVAL HEADQUARTERS COMPOUND ON SAIGON'S WATERFRONT WAS PACKED WITH FOREIGN AND LOCAL NEWSMEN, WHILE OUTSIDE, CHAU'S FOLLOWERS WAITED FOR HIS ARRIVAL.

    IN THE OPENING SESSION, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY TRIBUNAL ANGRILY REJECTED A DEFENCE LAWYER'S REQUEST TO CALL THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR, ELLSWORTH BUNKER, TO TESTIFY IN CHAU'S DEFENCE.

    THE 46-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY MAINTAINS THAT EIGHT MEETINGS WITH HIS BROTHER BETWEEN 1965 AND EARLY LAST YEAR, WERE SANCTIONED BY SENIOR AMERICAN OFFICIALS. THE TWO BROTHERS, IT WAS CLAIMED, DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN HANOI AND SAIGON.

    A HEATED EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE FIVE-MAN TRIBUNAL'S CHAIRMAN, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TRIEN KHAC HUYNH, AND DEFENCE ATTORNEY VU VAN HUYEN ENDED WHEN THE CHAIRMAN SAID ABRUPTLY: "WE DO NOT NEED FOREIGNERS HERE. THIS IS A VIETNAMESE COURT."
    CHAU, WHO WORE A SEVERE BLACK PYJAMA-STYLE PRISON UNIFORM, SMILED WARMLY AT NEWSMEN, SOME OF WHOM HAD BEEN MANHANDLED BY POLICE WHEN HE WAS FORCIBLY ARRESTED FROM THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LAST THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 26TH). A FORMER ARMY COLONEL, PROVINCE CHIEF AND MAYOR OF DANANG, CHAU WORE SURGICAL PLASTER ON THE FRONT AND BACK OF HIS NECK, WHICH APPEARED TO BE SWOLLEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9SVQW6KCJI4Y6EKWA7W5M31VA
    Media URN:
    VLVA9SVQW6KCJI4Y6EKWA7W5M31VA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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