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U.S. Interviews Trifa Witnesses

An assistant United States Attorney and a court reporter from Detroit are now in Rumania to take depositions from witnesses in the U.S. case against Archbishop Valerian Trifa of Grass Lake, Michigan. The immigration case against Trifa is now assigned to Judge Horace Gilmore. Court observers said they expect the case to begin later this year.

Trifa is accused of inciting a pogrom against Jews in Bucharest in 1941. The U.S. has specifically accused him of lying about his ties with the Rumanian fascist Iron Guard organization when he entered this country and again when he applied for U.S. citizenship. The case has been in the pre-trial stage since May 1975.

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