Polish Supreme Military Court Demands Death for Two Spared by Kielce Tribunal
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Polish Supreme Military Court Demands Death for Two Spared by Kielce Tribunal

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The Supreme Military Court has ordered a retrial for two of the three defendants in the Kielce trial who escaped the death sentence meted out to nine others, it was learned here today.

The court, which earlier had denied the pleas for clemency made by the nine persons who were executed on Sunday, said that retrial was necessary in the two cases because of the unduly mild sentences imposed by the Kielce tribunal. It is demanding death sentences for Mrs. Anna Biskupska, 26, who received a ten-year prison term and Stanislaw Rurarz, who got life imprisonment. It asked no action, however, in the case of Tadeusz Szczesniak, who received a seven-year sentence.

A delegation of the Central Jewish Committee conferred yesterday with President Boleslaw Beirut on measures to guarantee the security of Jews in Poland. Beirut expressed vigorous condemnation of the Kielce pogrom and other recent anti-Jewish outbreaks and promised that the Jewish proposals would be studied and carried out where practicable.

The League Against Racism has placed posters throughout the city attacking race hatred and appealing to the population to refrain from anti-Jewish incitement. A number of Polish organizations issued statements protesting the attacks on Jews and the Socialist newspaper Robotnik has criticized the statement by Cardinal Hlond.

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