Israel’s Attorney General Named Chief Prosecutor for Eichmann Trial

Gideon Hauser, Israel’s new Attorney General, will act as chief prosecutor in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Hitler’s specialist in the mass murder of European Jewry, it was disclosed today.

Police officials meanwhile indicated that the investigation of the Nazi and collection of material in preparation for the trial may last longer than had originally been anticipated, possibly as much as a year.

In the meantime, the Israel Ministry of Justice is drafting an amendment to the Lawyers Ordinance to make it possible for non-Israeli attorneys to defend Eichmann in an Israel court

Under present law, only locally registered attorneys can appear in Israel courts. Foreign attorneys can appear only as aides to Israel lawyers or as “friends of the court. ” In the latter role, the court recognizes the counsel as working without remuneration. Such a development was considered unlikely to happen in the trial of Eichmann.

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