U.N. Secretariat Transmits Plea to Britain to Spare Lives of Doomed Irgunists

U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie announced today that he would transmit to the British Government the request of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine on behalf of the three Irgunists sentenced to death last week for participation in the Acre prison break.

A resolution expressing the U.N. committee’s fear that execution of the youths would adversely affect its work was adopted yesterday in Jerusalem and sent to Lie for forwarding to London.

Although the text of Lie’s note to the British Government was not available early yesterday evening, it was learned from official sources that it did not contain a request that the government inform him of what action it would take on UNSCOP’s plea. When he recently forwarded to all U.N. members a British note requesting action on illegal immigration to Palestine, the Secretary-General asked that the recipients notify him concerning what steps they planned to take.

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