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    A Swiss engineer went on trial before Switzerland's highest court in Lausanne today, accused of selling to Israel blue-prints of engines for the Swiss-assembled French-designed, Mirage 3S jet fighter.

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    A Swiss engineer went on trial before Switzerland's highest court in Lausanne today, accused of selling to Israel blue-prints of engines for the Swiss-assembled French-designed, Mirage 3S jet fighter.

    Swiss military experts say the plans could enable the Israelis to build their own engines for the Mirage, which played a major part in winning for Israel the Six-day War in June 1967.

    The Swiss engineer on trial is 44 year-old Alfred Frauenknecht, Director of a technical section in the Winterthur plant of Sulzer Brothers, a firm which made Mirages under license in Switzerland for the Swiss airforce.

    His trial is expected to expose a major coup by Israel's secret service, which Swiss police say obtained through Frauenknecht not merely a master plan, but 150,000 sets of documents filling 20 big wooden cases. The plans included designs of machine-tools to make the parts, and specifications for the parts themselves.

    The trial is expected to last four or five days.

    Interior shots in this film are less good because cameramen were allowed to film in poor light for only a very short time.

    SYNOPSIS: A Swiss engineer went on trial on Monday at the Federal court in Lausanne, Switzerland, accused of selling to Israel secret blue-prints for the engines of Swiss-assembled, French-designed Mirage 3S jet fighter.

    The engineer, 44 year-old Alfred Frauenknecht, is alleged to have achieved one of the most remarkable spying feats in history, simply because of the bulk of material he is said to have smuggled. It amounted to about 150,000 documents, said to have filled at least 20 big packing-cases.

    Frauenknecht, who was arrested in September 1969, was Director of a technical section in the Winterthur plant of Sulzer brothers, a firm which made Mirages under license in Switzerland for the Swiss air-force.

    His alleged selling of plans, police say, could enable Israel to build engines for the ??? for the Mirage, which is already part of their equipment. It played a major part in winning for Israel the Six-day War in June 1967.

    Inside the court-room, Frauenknecht sat under close guard. He was arrested by Swiss police as long ago as September 1969. His trial is expected to expose a major coup by Israel's secret police in using him to obtain the Mirage plans. Frauenknecht says he sold them out of sympathy for the Israelis when General De Gaulle fused to supply them with any more Mirage jets after the Six-day war.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF2PMOBBII0J3V9HMXVGRXLS8N
    Media URN:
    VLVAF2PMOBBII0J3V9HMXVGRXLS8N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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