EGYPT: Punishment

After nearly a month's trial and 22 days of deliberation, Egypt's five-man Supreme Military Court handed down verdicts last week on ten Jews accused of committing espionage and sabotage for Israel. For two—Samuel Azar, 26, a teacher, and Dr. Moussa Lito Marzuk, 28, a surgeon—it was death by hanging; for six others, prison sentences ranging from seven years to life at hard labor; for two others, acquittal.

Foreign observers in Cairo agreed that the defendants had had a fair trial, but were surprised by so severe a judgment against men who had proved amateurish as spies and inept as saboteurs.


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