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Prosecutor Will Demand Death Penalty for Eichmann when Trial Reopens

August 4, 1961
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Attorney General Gideon Hausner, chief prosecutor in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, will ask conviction of the former Gestapo colonel on all 15 counts of his indictment when the trial is resumed next Tuesday.

This was disclosed today amid indications that both the prosecutor and Dr. Robert Servatius, Eichmann’s chief defense counsel, plan to try to trim their summations, which are the final phases of the trial. The trial had originally been scheduled to be resumed today but are postponement was forced by an illness suffered by one of the three justices. Binyamin Halevi. The Justice was improving and apparently will be ready for the new resumption date.

Twelve of the fifteen counts against the Nazi charged with master-minding the wartime slaughter of 6,000,000 European Jewish men, women and children carry the death penalty. The remaining three counts each carry a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.

It was reported that Mr. Hausner was trying to reduce his summation speech, which he originally said would take three to four days, to two days. He was now reported as planning to submit to the court charts and numbered lists of documents. This procedure will enable him simply to refer to the documents instead of reading out their contents.

Dr. Servatius also is planning to keep his summation to one day. He promised to provide court translators with a text a day in advance so they can prepare the exact Hebrew translation without any delay. The goal of the speedup is to keep the trial from running into the general elections on Aug. 15, which would be a certainty had the original summation schedules been adhered to.

After the summations, the Judged will retire to study the testimony for a verdict which is not expected before the High Holy Days. Dr. Servatius has indicated he will appeal the expected guilty verdict.

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