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Court to Start Hearing on Espionage Charges Against Mapam Leader

The trial of Aharon Cohen, veteran kibbutz member and Mapam leader, was ordered transferred today to the Haifa District Court for a hearing on espionage charges.

Cohen was arrested in October, 1958 on charges of maintaining contact with an agent of a foreign power and with passing to the agent secret information. His arrest followed months of surveillance by Israel security agents who reported watching Cohen’s alleged meetings with the agent who came in a diplomatic car to Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim of which Cohen was a founder.

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