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    THE JUDGE-PRESIDENT OF TRANSVAAL, MR. QUARTUS DE WET, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ORDERED THE QUASHING OF ALL?

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    THE JUDGE-PRESIDENT OF TRANSVAAL, MR. QUARTUS DE WET, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ORDERED THE QUASHING OF ALL INDICTMENTS AGAINST ALL THOSE ACCUSED IN THE CURRENT SOUTH AFRICAN SABOTAGE TRIAL.

    YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) EXTRAORDINARY SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WERE IN FORCE WHEN THE TRIAL RESUMED IN PRETORIA AFTER NEARLY THREE WEEKS.

    ORIGINALLY ELEVEN DEFENDANTS WERE ACCUSED OF PLOTTING THE OVERTHROW OF PRIME MINISTER VERWOERD'S NATIONALIST GOVERNMENT BY PLANNING AN ARMED REVOLUTION, GUERILLA WARFARE AND AN ARMED INVASION OF THE COUNTRY.

    THIS NUMBER WAS FIRST REDUCED TO TEN WITH THE DROPPING OF CHARGES AGAINST ONE OF THE ACCUSED AND THEN TODAY THE JUDGE MADE HIS DRAMATIC ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER CONSIDERING AN APPLICATION MADE YESTERDAY BY DEFENCE COUNSEL, MR. A. FISHER, ASKING FOR THE QUASHING OF INDICTMENTS. HE HAD SUBMITTED THAT THE ALLEGATION THAT THE DEFENDANTS HAD ACTED IN CONSPIRACY WAS "WHOLLY DEFECTIVE".

    SEVEN OF THE ACCUSED WERE ALLEGED TO BE MEMBERS OF A "NATIONAL HIGH COMMAND" FORMED TO DIRECT THE PLANNED REVOLUTION.

    THIS GROUP INCLUDED NELSON MANDELA, 45, ALLEGED LEADER OF THE BANNED AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (A.N.C.) UNDERGROUND, WHO IS KNOWN AS THE "BLACK PIMPERNEL" AND WALTER SISULU, 50, FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE A.N.C.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADW4L541A965VNWDRB24PZYYIV
    Media URN:
    VLVADW4L541A965VNWDRB24PZYYIV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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