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Israeli Claiming to Be Grandson of Iraqi Ex-premier Loses Plea

The District Court here rejected today an application from Abraham Mazliah, 17-year-old Israeli, to declare hin a grandson of Nuri as-Said, murdered Premier of Iraq.

The court did not rule on the merits of the case, but merely stated it was not competent to pass such a judgment. Mazliah needs a declaratory judgment of a competent court in order to file in Britain claims to the property in Britain and Switzerland of his alleged grandfather and father.

The court noted that both Nuri as-Said and his son Sabba, alleged father of the young man, were Moslems and that under Moslem law the status of his grandson must be decided by a Moslem religious court.

Immediately after the decision was handed down, Max Kritzman, attorney for Mazliah, announced that he would soon file a claim for recognition before the Moslem religious court of Shaaria in Jaffa.

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