Berlin (Jan. 15)
The trial of Landesgerichtsrat Koelling and Landesgerichtdirector Hoffman, the two principal figures in the instigation of the so-called German Dreyfus case brought against the Jewish merchant of Magdeburg, Rudolf Haas, started today.
The proceedings which are of a disciplinary character are presided over by Judge Tigges. Five associate judges are sitting with Judge Tigges.
Koelling and Hoffman, it is charged, instigated proceedings against the Jewish merchant on the charge that he had murdered his bookkeeper Helling. Haas was acquitted after he spent some time in prison when a German named Schroeder confessed to the killing. It is charged that the two German court officials worked deliberately towards fastening the guilt on Haas, for which he would have had to pay the supreme penalty. They were in charge of the investigation and directed it along such lines. Bad faith is the disciplinary charge against them.