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    THE EAST GERMAN HIGH COURT IN EAST BERLIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SENT A SELF-CONFESSED SECRET AGENT OF THE AMERICAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TO PRISON FOR LIFE ON CHARGES OF SPYING.

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    COURT IN SESSION, DEFENDANTS, POLICE, NEWSMEN.




    Initials JRG/VS/RM-PW/K



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE EAST GERMAN HIGH COURT IN EAST BERLIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SENT A SELF-CONFESSED SECRET AGENT OF THE AMERICAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TO PRISON FOR LIFE ON CHARGES OF SPYING.

    GUENTER LAUDAHN, THE SPY, ADMITTED TRYING TO PERSUADE AN EAST GERMAN PILOT TO FLY A MIG21 SUPERSONIC JET CONTAINING SECRET EQUIPMENT TO THE WEST FOR THE CIA. TWO OTHER MEN GOT TEN AND SIX YEARS RESPECTIVELY, HAVING ADMITTED TO WORKING FOR WEST BERLIN ESCAPE ORGANISATIONS. ALL THREE WERE FORMER EAST BERLINERS.

    THE FIVE-DAY TRIAL HAS BEEN GIVEN MASSIVE PUBLICITY IN EAST GERMANY AND ENDS SHORTLY BEFORE THE FIRST PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUILDING OF THE BERLIN WALL IN 1961.

    THE COURT VICE-PRESIDENT, HERR WALTER ZIEGLER SAID THAT MANY TRIALS IN THE HIGH COURT SINCE THEN HAD SHOWN THAT WHAT HE CALLED REACTIONARY AND AGGRESSIVE CIRCLES IN WEST GERMANY AND WEST BERLIN HAD DONE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SHAKE THE WALL. BUT IT HAD BEEN A MIGHTY HINDRANCE, HE SAID, TO THEIR REVANCHIST PLANS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64SF2RZFKLPVXNB8AC434IEAB
    Media URN:
    VLVA64SF2RZFKLPVXNB8AC434IEAB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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