Transfer of Eichmann from Prison to Court Cell Believed Effected
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Transfer of Eichmann from Prison to Court Cell Believed Effected

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The transfer today of the prosecutor’s office and that of defense counsel to the compound of the court where Adolf Eichmann will be tried for the mass murder of 6,000,000 Jews raised speculation that Eichmann had already been moved to the special cell inside the compound where he will be kept throughout the trial, which opens next Tuesday.

Dr. Robert Servatius, chief counsel for the Nazi, moved his office from Haifa which he had originally chosen because of its proximity to the site of the prison where Eichmann was originally taken after he was brought to Israel last May.

Speculation that Eichmann had been brought to the Bet Haam in Jerusalem also was sparked by imposition today of full security measures at the court compound. All persons entering the compound are now being searched and armed police have started a patrol of the bullet-proof glass enclosure inside the courtroom in which Eichmann will stay during the hearings.

It was considered highly unlikely that Israel authorities would officially disclose Eichmann’s transfer but information about the movement may come from the Nazi’s defense counsel when they meet with their client in the compound.

The prosecution, which has completed final pre-trial discussions with witnesses, announced today that Dr. Salo Baron of New York, the Jewish historian, will be called as an expert witness. The prosecution plans to call several other witnesses from abroad.

It was also reported that nearly half of the more than 400 foreign correspondents planning to cover the trial have arrived, including several from Soviet bloc countries. Several official observers also have arrived, including some members of the nine-man team from West Germany. Two large apartments have been rented for the West German observers who even brought along their own automobile drivers.

Among other official observers already here were Yugoslavia’s Borovoy Knazich, a member of the Supreme Court of Sarajevo, and Renato Brutolino, general secretary of the International Federation of Fighters Against the Nazis.

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