Privy Council Postpones Gruner Case; Attorneys Creck Validity of Uncle’s Appeal

The Privy Council, highest appellate tribunal in the British Empire, today gave counsel for Dov Gruner, condemned Palestine extremist, and the attorneys for the Jerusalem superintendent of prisons two weeks to determine whether there is any precedent in Palestinian court practice to permit his ###, Frank Gruner, who resides in New York, to be heard before the Privy Council.

The Council’s judicial committee requested that counsel determine whether there were any grounds for Frank Gruner to appeal for his nephew before the Palestinian High Court. If precedent, practice or law gave him that right, the judicial committee ruled, it would also be extended to his appeal to the Privy Council. The attorneys for the Palestine Government challenged the older Gruner’s right to appeal on the basis that he was a foreign citizen, residing outside of Palestine, who had no connection with the case except that he has a nephew who is a Palestinian citizen.

(In Jerusalem and Haifa today British civilians were ordered to remain behind the barbed wire fences of the “security zones” pending the Privy Council’s decision on the Gruner case. However, there was no relaxation of security precautions in the fortified areas of Jerusalem when the news of the 14-day postponement was received.)

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