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    WEST GERMAN INVESTIGATORS TODAY (THURSDAY) COMPLETED THEIR QUESTIONING OF CZECH JOURNALIST DR. OTAKAR SVERCIAN ON?

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    CRIMINAL OFFICE IN BAD GODESBERG: DR. SVERCINA ARRIVES AND GOES IN.




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    Background: WEST GERMAN INVESTIGATORS TODAY (THURSDAY) COMPLETED THEIR QUESTIONING OF CZECH JOURNALIST DR. OTAKAR SVERCIAN ON ESPIONAGE ALLEGATIONS, ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL WEST GERMAN SOURCES. BUT AT DR. SVERIAN'S OWN REQUEST HE WILL MEET THE SECURITY POLICE INVESTIGATORS AGAIN TOMORROW.

    43 YEAR OLD DR. SVERCIAN HAS BEEN THE CHIEF BONN CORRESPONDENT OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK GOVERNMENT NEWS AGENCY CETEKA SINCE 1964. HE HAS BEEN QUESTIONED FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS AFTER HIS FLAT AND OFFICE WERE RAIDED AND SEARCHED BY WEST GERMAN POLICE ON TUESDAY NIGHT. HE CAME UNDER SUSPICION FOLLOWING THE ARREST IN VIENNA LAST WEEK OF JOSEPH ADAMEK AN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT PRESS OFFICIAL ALSO ACCUSED OF SPYING. WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT SOURCES HAVE SAID THAT DR. SVERCINA IS SUSPECTED OF HAVING RECRUITED HERR ADEMEK FOR THE CZECHOSLOVAK SECRET SERVICE IN VIENNA IN 1957.

    DR. SVERCIAN,WHO HAS CONSISTENCY DENIED ALL CHARGES, SAID TONIGHT AFTER FIVE HOURS AT THE CRIMINAL OFFICE THAT HE WAS CONVINCED THAT THE "WHOLE AFFAIR AROSE THROUGH GENERAL SPY HYSTERIA" AND THAT HE HAD RECEIVED BACK MOST OF THE PAPERS CONFISCATED BY SECURITY POLICE DURING THEIR NINE HOUR SEARCH OF HIS HOME AND OFFICE.

    THE POLICE PROBE INTO DR. SVECINA'S ACTIVITIES FOLLOWED A SERIES OF ESPIONAGE DISCLOSURES THAT HAVE LED TO WEST GERMAN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS FOR A COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO THE SECURITY SERVICES. THERE HAVE BEEN SUICIDES AMONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PHOTOGRAPHER'S SHOT AND THE DISCLOSURE THAT AGENTS MAILED A STOLEN NATO SIDEWINDER ROCKET BY AIR TO MOSCOW.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAATL4IQHPJ580U63B4N11CHGO8
    Media URN:
    VLVAATL4IQHPJ580U63B4N11CHGO8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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