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Higher German Court Confirms Rejection of Eichmann’s Claim for Aid

The Munster Superior Administrative court yesterday confirmed a lower court’s rejection of the claim of former Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann for financial aid from the West German Government to help pay the costs of his trial last summer in Jerusalem.

The Cologne Administrative court had rejected Eichmann’s claim on grounds that the crimes with which he was charged by the Israel prosecution were not committed “in the course of military duty.”

Dr. Robert Servatius, Eichmann’s chief defense counsel in the four-month trial, said he would appeal to the West German Federal Administrative court. He said that costs of the defense had amounted until the current stage of the trial to 110,000 marks ($27,000) and that he had received only $20,000 from the Israel Government. He said that he had accepted the money “in the hope of being able to pay it back later with a German Government grant.”

A verdict in the trial is expected sometime before the end of the year and Dr. Servatius has indicated that the expected verdict of guilty will be appealed.

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