• Short Summary

    A LEBANESE PROTESTANT MINISTER AND TWO SYRIANS WERE PUBLICLY EXECUTED BY HANGING IN DAMASCUS ON EASTER MONDAY JUST EIGHT HOURS AFTER BEING SENTENCED BY A COURT MARTIAL.

  • Description

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    GV Crowds
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    2.
    LV Gallows
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    3.
    SV Bodies hanging from gallows
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    4.
    CV Bodies hanging (2 shots)
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    5.
    GV Crowds
    0.29

    6.
    SV Bodies put into coffin and carried to truck
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    7.
    GV Crowds
    0.48

    8.
    GV Truck drives off
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    9.
    GV Empty gallows
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    Initials JEC/V/CR/ES JEC/V/CR/SGM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A LEBANESE PROTESTANT MINISTER AND TWO SYRIANS WERE PUBLICLY EXECUTED BY HANGING IN DAMASCUS ON EASTER MONDAY JUST EIGHT HOURS AFTER BEING SENTENCED BY A COURT MARTIAL. THE MINISTER, JAMIL EL-KARK, WAS FOUND GUILTY OF OPERATING AN ESPIONAGE GROUP FOR ISRAEL UNDER THE COVER OF A CHURCH MISSION; THE TWO SYRIANS WERE SAID TO HIS LIEUTENANTS.

    THE EXECUTION TOOK PLACE AT DAWN IN AL-MERJEH SQUARE AND THE BODIES WERE LEFT ON DISPLAY UNTIL MID-MORNING. EACH BODY WAS DRAPED IN SACKING ON WHICH WAS STITCHED THE TEXT OF THE COURT'S VERDICT.

    THE COURT MARTIAL WAS TOLD BY THE PROSECUTOR THAT THE SPY-RING HAD OPERATED FROM 1954 UNTIL 1961; INFORMATION HAD BEEN TRANSMITTED TO ISRAEL ON RADIO SETS CONCEALED INSIDE HOLY STATUES AND ELECTRIC FANS; AND THAT SECRET INFORMATION - WRITTEN IN INVISIBLE INK - HAD BEEN SENT TO ISRAEL HIDDEN IN PARCELS OF FOOD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEXCVPCWX5EN8B3V9R1DTEOZH8
    Media URN:
    VLVAEXCVPCWX5EN8B3V9R1DTEOZH8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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