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International Red Cross Calls for Probe into Torture of Israeli Pilot

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Reacting to charges of murder by Israel, the International Committee of the Red Cross said here today that it was asking the Egyptian government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an Israeli fighter pilot Moshe Goldwasser, who was captured after balling out safely over Egyptian territory when his jet was shot down Aug., 3. Israel yesterday made public a complaint filed with the Red Cross in which it accused Egyptian personnel of having committed inhumane acts and acts of torture on Lt. Goldwasser causing his death. Israel demanded that Egypt place the responsible parties on trial. An IRC spokesman said the organization was asking the Egyptians for precise information on the treatment of Lt. Goldwasser before and after his death. “When we have received the results of the inquiry we will decide whether that is sufficient and will also forward the information to Israel,” the spokesman said. Israel based its charges on the findings of a post mortem performed by the Army’s chief medical officer on Sept. 2.

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