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    Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capucci was convicted in Jerusalem of gun-running for Palestinian guerrillas and sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday (9 December).

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    Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capucci was convicted in Jerusalem of gun-running for Palestinian guerrillas and sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday (9 December).

    Three judges at an Israeli District Court sentenced the 41-year-old Syrian-born prelate under a state security law forbidding contact with foreign agents.

    Archbishop Capucci was the spiritual and temporal leader of a small community of 4,500 people in Jerusalem and Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan.

    He was said to have been caught red-handed in August with a full arsenal of explosives and weapons concealed inside his car.

    Capucci addressed his remarks in court directly to Jesus.

    SYNOPSIS: On Monday, an Israeli District Court in Jerusalem found Greek Catholic Archbiship Hilarion Capucci guilty of gun-running for Palestinian guerrillas. The Syrian-born prelate was said to have been cought red-handed in August with a full arsenal of explosives and weapons concealed inside his car.

    Many nuns and priests attended the trial and wept openly when sentence was passed.

    In court, Archbishop Capucci spoke in Arabic and addressed his remarks directly to Jesus. The three judges sentenced him to twelve years imprisonment under a state security law forbidding contact with foreign against. He was also sentenced to ten years each on two other charges -- possession of arms and the performance of a service for an illegal organisation. These are to run concurrently with the longer sentence. The Archbishop headed a small community of four and a half thousand people in Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB7J26HQBLEWQSWTUY9KSPSSEJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7J26HQBLEWQSWTUY9KSPSSEJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
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