Mrs. Bloch’s Suspected Killer Named
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Mrs. Bloch’s Suspected Killer Named

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The suspected murderer of Mrs. Dora Bloch, the Israeli hostage killed in Uganda after the Entebbe raid, was identified here tonight by her family. He is Lt. Col. Farik Minawa, assistant director of President Idi Amin’s security police. After being removed from the hospital in Kampala. Mrs. Bloch was said to have been strangled on the orders of Minawa who then shot her in the face.

Grenville Janner, Labor MP, who has been leading a campaign here for the recovery of Mrs. Bloch’s body told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that previous information released by her sons in Israel had proved to be correct and Minawa should be put on trial. Uganda still maintains that Mrs. Bloch left the hospital before the Israeli raid at Entebbe early last July 4, and that her disappearance was Israel’s responsibility.

According to Janner, a second Western diplomat saw her alive after the raid in addition to a British official, Peter Chandley. He was identified by Janner as Andre Bonfi, the Cultural Attache at the French Embassy. It was he who first told the British High Commissioner about the present of a British woman in the hospital Mrs. Bloch held a British passport as well as an Israeli one. However, the French government has refused to confirm that Bonfi saw Mrs. Bloch, despite being urged to do so.

Meanwhile concern has been expressed here at Amin’s declared intention of coming to London in June for the Commonwealth Conference. Britain severed diplomatic relations with Uganda over the Bloch affair but Uganda is still a member of the Commonwealth. Janner will press the government to oppose Amin’s visit as long as he continues to behave in what the MP termed an “uncivilized and savage manner.”

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