Smertenko Flies to Britain in Defiance of Ban; Will Be Deported to France Today

Prof. Johan J. Smertanko, vice-president of the American League for a Free Palestine, who was publicly banned from entering Britain, today landed at Croyken air field where he was met by immigration officials and policemen.

It was announced later that Prof. Smertenko will be deported to Paris from where he came in the same private chartered airplane which brought him across the English Channel. He was questioned for two-and-a-half hours by Scotland Yard detectives and then driven to a police station where he will spend the night. No formal charges were filed against him. He was accompanied on his plane trip by two American newspapermen.

(Immediate intercession by the United States Government to affect a two-week delay in Prof. Smertenko’s deportation from Britain was urged today in New York by former Senator Guy M. Gillette, of Iowa, League president.)

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