Visnews filmed Feb 4 the continued proceedings of the Baghdad "treason trial" at which three former police chiefs of the Nuri Regime, on charges of torturing and killing Republican demonstrators between 1953-58, were sentenced to imprisonment for up to three years and deprived of the right to hold public office for five years.
GV. INTERIOR Court in session.
LV. People seated in court.
SCU. accusations being read out.
SV. Three accused left to right. A. Abdul Jabbar Fehmi, former Governor of Baghdad. B. Bahjat Attiah. C. Said Qazzaz.
CU. Abdul Jabbar Fehmi.
CU. Bahjat Attiah.
CU. Said Qazzaz.
SCU. Court martial Col. Fadhil Abbas Al-Mahdawi reads final decisions.
SV. Accused in dock PAN to court applauds.
SV. Three accused Left to right. A. Abbas Ali Ghaleb (former director-general of Police). B. Rafiq Towfeq (security). C. Abdel Rehamn Hemud Samarrai Police detective.)
LV. Judges and court.
SV. Crowd in court.
LV. Court standing while decisions read out.
CU. Co. Al-Mahdawi reads our decisions
CU. Abbas Ali Ghaleb - one year.
CU. Rafiq Towfeq - three years.
CU. Abdel Rehamn Hemud Samarrai - three years.
LV.PAN. People applaud.
Initials JRG/CW AHS/CW
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Background: Visnews filmed Feb 4 the continued proceedings of the Baghdad "treason trial" at which three former police chiefs of the Nuri Regime, on charges of torturing and killing Republican demonstrators between 1953-58, were sentenced to imprisonment for up to three years and deprived of the right to hold public office for five years. They were: Abbas Ali Ghaleb, former director-general of police, sentenced to one year; Rafiq Towfeq, director of police, and Abdel Rehamn Hemud Samarrai, director of the special branch, both sentenced to three years.
Also filmed: the court sentencing to death by hanging Said Qazzaz, former Iraqi Minister of the Interior; Abdul Jabbar Fehmi, former Governor of Baghdad; and Bahjat Attiah, former director-general of security.
They were found guilty of abuse of power and sentenced under the article of the Baghdad penal code dealing with offences against the lives and persons of citizens.
said Qazzaz, four-years Interior Minister until the July coup was said to have caused deaths in the course of various demonstrations. Fehmi was convicted of causing deaths during street demonstrations and strikes in Baghdad central goal. Attiah was convicted of killings caused by "barbaric shameless torture."
In addition to the death sentences all three were given terms of imprisonment and Attiah ordered to repay GBP60,000 to the State exchequer.
Baghdad Radio which televised and broadcast the proceedings also broadcast extracts of the secret trial of Colonel Abdul Salem Aref, the former deputy Prime Minister of Iraq. After a week of extracts, the Radio announced Feb 7 that Aref had been sentenced to death on a charge of attempting to assassinate General Kassem.