• Short Summary

    A NEW TRIAL WAS ORDERED IN THE BEN BARKA KIDNAPPING CASE TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) FOLLOWING THE ARREST OF THE MOROCCAN DEPUTY SECURITY CHIEF AHMED DLIMI, ONE OF THE MAIN ACCUSED.

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    A NEW TRIAL WAS ORDERED IN THE BEN BARKA KIDNAPPING CASE TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) FOLLOWING THE ARREST OF THE MOROCCAN DEPUTY SECURITY CHIEF AHMED DLIMI, ONE OF THE MAIN ACCUSED.

    MAJOR DLIMI, ONE OF THE ALLEGED MASTERMINDS OF THE KIDNAPPING OF MOROCCAN OPPOSITION LEADER MEHDI BEN BARKA LAST YEAR, CAUSED A SENSATION WHEN HE WAS REPORTED YESTERDAY TO HAVE FLOWN IN TO PARIS TO GIVE HIMSELF UP. BOTH HE AND INTERIOR MINISTER MOHAMMED OUFKIR WERE ON TRIAL IN THEIR ABSENCE FOR THEIR ALLEGED PART IN THE KIDNAPPING.

    THE MOROCCAN'S APPEARANCE ON THE LAST DAY OF HEARINGS REDUCED THE ELABORATE SIX WEEK TRIAL SO FAR TO SO MUCH WASTED EFFORT. NO DATE WAS GIVEN FOR THE NEW TRIAL.

    THE COURT HAD JUST ADJOURNED FOR HALF AN HOUR THIS AFTERNOON WHEN DLIMI STEPPED SMILING FROM A CAR IN THE COURTYARD BELOW. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDED BY POLICE AND TAKEN TO THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE TO HEAR THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM.

    13 PEOPLE ARE CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN THE ABDUCTION OF MEHDI BEN BARKA. 35 YEAR-OLD DLIMI WAS ONE OF SEVEN PEOPLE BEING TRIED IN THEIR ABSENCE AND THERE IS SPECULATION THAT HE MAY HAVE BROUGHT WITH HIM FRESH EVIDENCE ON THE ABDUCTION, AND POSSIBLY THE DEATH, OF THE MOROCCAN OPPOSITION LEADER.

    IN A LETTER TO KING HASSAN, DLIMI SAID HE WAS FLYING TO FRANCE TO PREVENT HIS COUNTRY'S NAME BEING "DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD, ALL BECAUSE OF ME".

    VERDICTS ON THE SIX ACCUSED ALREADY IN CUSTODY, INCLUDING FRENCH POLICEMEN AND SECRET SERVICE MAN, HAD BEEN EXPECTED TONIGHT. THOSE BEING TRIED IN THEIR ABSENCE WERE TO HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TOMORROW. NOW LONG DELAYS ARE PREDICTED BEFORE THE KIDNAPPING CASE COMES BACK TO COURT, AFTER A SUPPLEMENTARY INVESTIGATION ORDERED AT THE PROSECUTION'S REQUEST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB1OPILLQ7CM1FVJWC9T90OAJX
    Media URN:
    VLVAB1OPILLQ7CM1FVJWC9T90OAJX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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