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State Department Deplores ‘in Strongest Terms’ Murder of Elrom

State Department spokesman Charles W. Bray said today of the kidnap-murder in Istanbul of Israeli Consul General Ephraim Elrom that the Department “continues to deplore in the strongest terms possible this form of criminal behavior.” Bray also offered “sincerest condolence” to Elrom’s widow, Elsa. (Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Parliament was expected to approve to day the government’s request that the one-month period of martial law imposed April 26 in the wake of internal disturbances be extended for two more months. Parliament is also expected to pass a government-sponsored, retroactive capital-punishment law for kidnappings. Eight men and a woman are being sought in the Elrom case.)