CZERNOWITZ (Jul. 4)
The preliminary investigation of Captain Panisoara and the three gendarmes responsible for the torture of Samon Bronstein, Zionist leader of Yedinez, Bessarabia, has been completed, and the trial may open before the fifteenth of July when the court adjourns, Attorney General Alexandru informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today.
Neither Captain Panisoara nor the chief of the gendarmes have been transferred as a disciplinary measure as announced by the Under Secretary of State Tillea on June 22nd.
The transfer of Captain Panisoara to Transylvania is contemplated.
Captain Panisoara has denied all responsibility for the torture, although Bronstein is authority for the statement that Panisoara attempted to bribe him to keep silent on the whole incident.
The court will have to probe into the whole matter, Attorney General Alexandru stressed.
He admitted that the gendarmes had been instructed to vigorously persecute the Communists. The methods adopted, however, were disapproved by the government. Instructions have now been issued by the local commandant not to repeat the methods employed against Bronstein.
Bronstein was arrested in May on the alleged ground that he was a Communist and subjected to torture described as on a par with medieval barbarism.