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Palestine “arms” Trial Continues; Witness Fails to Implicate Jewish Defendant

The Palestine “arms trial” in which two British soldiers were sentenced last week to fifteen years imprisonment for selling arms to an unnamed Jewish organization, continued before the military court here today with Abraham Rachlis, a taxi-driver, and Leib Sirkis, a policeman, as defendants. Both are charged with having in their possession 10,500 rounds of ammunition and 300 rifles which they allegedly acquired from the convicted soldiers.

At the afternoon court session today, Private Charles A. Stoner, one of the convicted soldiers, admitted that he never saw Sirkis, except on one occasion when the taxi in which he was delivering the arms met with an accident. It was then he first noticed Sirkis. He did not know whether he was a bystander, or one of the crowd who helped after the accident, or a passenger in the taxi. The trial is expected to continue for several days.