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    The trial of kozo Okamoto opened in a wooden barracks in Sarafand Military camp in Israel on Monday (July 10).

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    The trial of kozo Okamoto opened in a wooden barracks in Sarafand Military camp in Israel on Monday (July 10). the trial is being held only a few miles from the airport customs hall where Okamoto and two other Japanese killed or injured over one-hundred people in the attack on Lydda Airport on May 30.

    The trial opened almost an hour late because of the stringent security precautions. Everybody entering the building was subjected to an intensive search, and admission was by special pass only.

    Okamoto was brought into the court accompanied by two military policemen who were handcuffed to the defendant during the session.

    Okamoto looked on passively as the presiding judge of the three-man military tribunal, Lieutenant-Colonel Avraham Frisch, read out the four-count indictment. Three of the four charges against Okamoto carry the death penalty.

    After counsel was appointed to defend Okamoto, he pleaded guilty to all four counts against him.

    It is believed unlikely that the maximum penalty of death will be imposed. Only one person has been executed in Israel since the country was established twenty-four years ago -- Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

    On the second day of the trial an Israeli general admitted to the court that he had lured Okamoto into making a confession by offering to give him a revolver afterwards, so that Okamoto could kill himself.

    General Zeevi, head of Israel's Central Command, said he had no intention of fulfilling this agreement with Okamoto. He said he had made the offer to save lives in possible further guerrilla attacks.

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