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Rokach Making New Attempt to Save Gruner; High Commissioner Asked to Halt Execution

Tel Aviv Mayor Israel Rokach today initiated a new attempt to save the life of Dov Gruner. He instructed a firm of London attorneys to file a petition with the Privy Council to set aside the verdict of the military court which convicted the Irgunist as being illegal under the terms of the Palestine Mandate.

From Jerusalem it was reported that High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham has been officially notified of the new appeal and has been requested to postpone Gruner’s execution until the Council rules on the petition. Yesterday the Palestine Supreme Court rejected a similar plea by Rokach. Mrs. Helen Friedman, Gruner’s sister, is filing another plea with the Supreme Court.