Another Antisemitic Terrorist Acquitted in Roumania: Student Who Attempted Assassination of Vice-min

The student Beza, who attempted a year ago to assassinate M. Anghelescu, the Vice-Minister of the Interior, in the Maniu Government, has been acquitted.

The attempted assassination of M. Anghelescu in the midst of the serious antisemitic outbreaks in Roumania in July 1930, caused a storm in Roumania, leading to the disclosure that the Chef de Cabinet of the then Minister of the Interior, M. Vayda-Voyvod, a man named Tazladanu, was himself a member of the antisemitic terrorist organisation, the Iron Guard, with which M. Vayda-Voyvod maintained contact through him. Tazladanu was deprived of his post, and was placed under house-arrest, and for a time M. Vayda-Voyvod, too, was expected to be dismissed. His resignation did not occur, however, for several months, until the resignation of the Premier, M. Maniu, when the Mironescu Government came into office.

The agitation which was started at the time led, however, to the uncovering of the antisemitic terrorist movement, and the arrest of the antisemitic terrorist leader, Zelea Codreanu, on the charge of extolling Beza’s attempted assassination of the Vice-Minister, whom he had believed to have been endeavouring to suppress their organisation and of inciting to murder by publishing violent anti-Jewish manifestos. When the trial took place, however, in the middle of August, Codreanu was acquitted of that charge, only to be put on trial again, soon after, on the charge of having instigated the attempted assassination of the editor of the “Adeverul”, M. Socor, by another student named Dumitresou.

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