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Halsmann May Seek Retrial in Latvian Court at Riga

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Philip Halsmann, young Latvian Jew who was recently pardoned by the Austrian government after being under a four-year prison sentence for patricide, is considering the possibility of seeking a retrial in the Latvian courts to clear his name. Arriving in Bratislava, Czecho-Slovakia, after he had rejected the belated offer of the Austrian police to permit him a three-day stay in Austria, Halsmann, realizing that by his virtual expulsion from Austria it will be almost impossible to obtain a retrial there, may shift the case to Latvia.

He plans to declare himself accused of the murder of his father, institute trial in the Latvian courts and obtain all the documents from the Austrian courts on which the verdict finding him guilty was based. Although he is now resting in Bratislava he is not certain whether he will remain because he is making plans to rehabilitate himself and wipe the stain from his name.

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