LONDON (May. 26)
Strict security measures are planned here for former Primer Minister David Ben Gurion’s June visit in light of an alleged Arab terrorist plot uncovered in Copenhagen to assassinate him in Rio de Janeiro. Exact dates of his arrival, his timetable and his hotel are not being revealed. Mr. Ben Gurion will address a Joint Palestine Appeal group and attend a reception in his honor to be given by Michael Sacher, chairman of the Appeal. Israeli Ambassador Aharon Remez also plans a reception for him.
The London Daily Telegraph today reported the uncovering in Sweden of a network of secret agents operated by the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), an arm of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Authorities discovered the group during the investigation into the suspected conspiracy by three persons to assassinate Mr. Ben Gurion. The group infiltrated ineffectual anti-Israeli groups in Sweden, but unlike the PLO, the Swedish groups have used only peaceful persuasion in their anti-Israeli activities, the newspaper reported.
The network was revealed by the prosecution in the Danish high court in Copenhagen when the three suspects were remanded in police custody for three weeks. They were appealing their detention. Court proceedings were secret but evidence produced by the prosecution has been disclosed by sources close to the Danish security service, the Telegraph said. The information, said the prosecution, who cooperated with the Swedish security service, allegedly established that an Egyptian colonel in the PLO visited Stockholm in May to arrange for the two accused Arabs–a 25-year-old Iraqi traveling under the name of Razan, and 24-year-old Mouna Saudi of Jordan–to be hidden in Copenhagen from Israeli security agents who might be on their trail.
The third accused, Rolf Anderson of Sweden, was said to have told police he had been recruited by the PLA while stationed in the Gaza Strip with the United Nations peacekeeping force. The prosecution also said he gave police the names of all members of the Swedish Palestine groups known to him, the newspaper reported.