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    Nicos Sampson, the former guerrilla who was president of Cyprus for eight days after the July 1974 coup that toppled Archbishop Makarios, was arrested on Tuesday (16 March) and charged for his part in the military takeover.

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    SV armed policemen arriving at court
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    SV Nicos Sampson arrives in car
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    SV Sampson out of car and is escorted into court.
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    SV armed police patrolling outside building.
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    SV Police in Land Rover with Sampson leaving
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    Background: Nicos Sampson, the former guerrilla who was president of Cyprus for eight days after the July 1974 coup that toppled Archbishop Makarios, was arrested on Tuesday (16 March) and charged for his part in the military takeover.

    An official statement said the 40-year-old Sampson, now publisher of a right-wing newspaper, would be prosecuted for using the armed forces against the lawful government.

    Sampson was alleged to have carried out or aided in the carrying out of warlike undertakings, the statement said. If convicted, the charges could bring him life imprisonment.

    A former member of the house of representatives, Sampson was named president after the anti-Makarios coup which was a prelude to the Turkish invasion of the island.

    He resigned after the invasion, in which the Turks took the Northern part of the island. He was replaced by Mr Glakfos Clerides, who held the post until the return of Archbishop Makarios to reassume the presidency.

    His trial will begin on Monday (22 March).

    SYNOPSIS: Nicos Sampson, the former guerrilla who was president of Cyprus for eight days after the 1974 coup, was arrested on Tuesday and charged for his part in the takeover.

    He has been charged with using the armed forces against the lawful government, and could face life imprisonment if convicted. A former member of parliament, Sampson was named president after the anti-Makarios coup which was a prelude to the Turkish invasion of the island.

    Sampson is reported to have sat silently during the two hour hearing. His lawyer asked for bail but it was refused. His trial starts on Monday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADNTBJLQK6BL8VSOZXJASKB27L
    Media URN:
    VLVADNTBJLQK6BL8VSOZXJASKB27L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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