• Short Summary

    In Baghdad, Iraq, August 16th the special high military "People's Court" - under court president Colonel Fadhel Abbas Mahdawi, began the second session of the trial of retired Brigadier Nadhem Tabaqchali, former commander Second Division Iraqi Army based at Kirkuk, eight other senior officers and a civilian, on charges of complicity in the abortive Mosul plot last March.

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    In Baghdad, Iraq, August 16th the special high military "People's Court" - under court president Colonel Fadhel Abbas Mahdawi, began the second session of the trial of retired Brigadier Nadhem Tabaqchali, former commander Second Division Iraqi Army based at Kirkuk, eight other senior officers and a civilian, on charges of complicity in the abortive Mosul plot last March.

    Halfway through the trial, Colonel Mahdawi, noted for his fiery oratory in defence of the Republic, and his continued demand for the heads of "all traitors", had three prosecution witnesses put in the dock with the accused on the same charge. All pleaded not guilty.

    Among the accused are Colonel Refat Haj Serri, former Director of Military Intelligence, and Brigadier Abdul Aziz Oqaili, former commander of the First Division and Ambassador designate to Persia. The three witnesses placed in the dock had claimed in court they were "physically tortured for several nights to sign false statements against the defendants".

    During the hearing - the first session opened August 12 - heated exchanges broke out between the court president and the Brigadier in the dock. The outbreak was heard over Baghdad radio carrying details of the exchange from the courtroom. The Colonel shouted: "You're rotten." The Brigadier shouted back: "You're rotten".

    The Brigadier, immediate superior of Mosul plot leader, Colonel Abdel Wahab Shawaf, was a respected army leader and a good friend of army leaders close to Prime Minister Kassem.

    Reports after the verbal battle said Colonel Mahdawi had threatened to resign, but next day Prime Minister Kassem in a nation-wide broadcast announced his support of him. Reports also spoke of bewilderment among the people of Baghdad since most of the accused - they all appear on televised court proceedings - are nationalists and were among Kassem's earliest associates.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA5OC14WOM1SPRT4I3W641OUVT
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5OC14WOM1SPRT4I3W641OUVT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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