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Israel’s Jurisdiction over Eichmann Challenged in Defense Appeal

Adolf Eichmann’s appeal from the conviction and death sentence by the Jerusalem District Court was in the hands of Israel’s Supreme Court here today.

The appeal, sent here to Chief Justice Yitzhak Olshin by Dr. Robert Servatius, of Cologne, Eichmann’s chief of counsel, reportedly challenges Israel’s jurisdiction over the case. Dr. Servatius contends that the fact that Eichmann had been “abducted” in Argentina precludes Israel’s jurisdiction as being contrary to international law. The attorney must still file a detailed brief, within the next 10 days.

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice is expected to announce within the next few days the composition of the appeal tribunal, as well as the date for the hearing on the appeal. The appeal tribunal must consist of either five or seven members of the Supreme Court.