Jerusalem (Apr. 14)
An appeal against a deportation order was filed with the Supreme Court here today by attorneys for Joseph Jonavici, wanted by the French authorities on tax evasion charges. Jonavici arrived in Israel several months ago under an assumed name.
The appeal asserted that the deportation order had been issued for political reasons, not as had been claimed–because of Jonavici’s character. The appeal noted that charges of collaboration against Jonavici had been offset by testimonials by French personalities that the defendant had made contact with the Nazis during the Vichy regime to further under ground rescue work.