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    THE TRIAL OF MICHAEL DENNIS ROHAN, A 28 YEAR OLD AUSTRALIAN SHEEP SHEARER, ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRE TO THE AL AQSA MOSQUE, BEGAN IN JERUSALEM TODAY.

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    THE TRIAL OF MICHAEL DENNIS ROHAN, A 28 YEAR OLD AUSTRALIAN SHEEP SHEARER, ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRE TO THE AL AQSA MOSQUE, BEGAN IN JERUSALEM TODAY.

    ROHAN, A MEMBER OF AN OBSCURE RELIGIOUS SECT KNOWN AS THE CHURCH OF GOD, PLEADED NOT GUILTY. HE IS BEING TRIED IN A 400-SEAT HALL IN JERUSALEM'S MAIN CONVENTION CENTRE, BINYANEI HAOMA.

    THE TRIAL HAS BEEN PREPARED WITH ELABORATE CARE AND FOR MAXIMUM PUBLICITY. THE COURT HAS ALLOWED TELEVISION CREWS TO FILM THE PROCEEDINGS WITH MR. ROHAN'S AGREEMENT AND ABOUT 12 CREWS ARE ON HAND. OFFICIALS SAY THE TRIAL WILL PROBABLY LAST BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR WEEKS.

    ISRAELI AUTHORITIES ARE TAKING NO SECURITY RISKS AND HAVE CONSTRUCTED A SEVEN-FOOT HIGH BULLET-PROOF GLASS WALL AROUND TWO SIDES OF THE DOCK. THE LAST TIME A PRISONER WAS PROTECTED IN A JEWISH COURT WAS EIGHT YEARS AGO WHEN NAZI WAR CRIMINAL ADOLF EICHMANN WAS COMPLETELY SEALED OFF IN A GLASS CAGE.

    ROHAN, WHO WILL BE PROSECUTED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL MEIR SHAMGAR AND STATE ATTORNEY GARBRIEL BACH, FACES A THEORETICAL MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 44 YEARS ON THE FOUR COUNTS OF ARSON AND VIOLATION OF A HOLY PLACE. HE IS SAID TO BELIEVE THAT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST WOULD BE HASTENED IF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE WERE REBUILT ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT WHERE THE MOSQUE STANDS.

    HE WAS ARRESTED THE DAY AFTER THE BLAZE LAST AUGUST AT ISLAM'S THIRD HOLIEST SHRINE. THE FIRE CAUSED ANGER THROUGHOUT THE MOSLEM WORLD. IN JERUSALEM ITSELF YOUNG ARABS RIOTED AND THERE WERE STRIKES IN OTHER ARAB CENTRES IN ISRAELI-OCCUPIED TERRITORIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEQ2WX9NLUXG0A5EZWNN1JCC91
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQ2WX9NLUXG0A5EZWNN1JCC91
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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