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Acquittal of Anti-semitic Leader Codreanu Causes Astonishment in Bucharest

August 15, 1930
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The entirely unexpected acquittal of Zelea Codreanu, anti-Semitic agitator who had been charged with inciting to riot and murder, has created general astonishment here. While the court acquitted him by a majority of eight, the public prosecutor has lodged an appeal against his release. Pending action on this appeal Codreanu will remain under arrest. The failure to release him after his acquittal brought no demonstrations from his student followers.

In the meantime Dr. Alexander Vayda Voevod, minister of the interior; Gregory Junian, minister of justice; Virgil Madgearu, minister of commerce and M. Manoilescu, minister of communications, are consulting regarding the anti-Semitic agitation and its effects abroad. M. Vayda Voevod outlined a plan for the establishment of order and the adoption of the necessary measures surprising acquittal of the anti-Semitic agitator, Zelea Codreanu, is the sensation resulting from the publication in the Bucharest newspaper, “Vittorul,” the Liberal party organ, of a document from the ministry of the interior addressed to Codreanu, informing him to appear before the court calmly as nothing will happen to him.

The “Pester Lloyd,” in reporting the publication of this document, remarks that if the allegation of the “Vittorul” is correct it foreshadows a serious effect upon the entire Roumanian cabinet. In the meantime the Hungarian Telegraphic Agency reports that the renewal of the anti-Semitic agitation is again causing anxiety as the populace is being urged to commit excesses against the Jews. The authorities are reported to have suddenly dropped the investigation into the activities of Carol Danila, anti-Semitic agitator, and his associate, Nicolai Totu, who have not been found since they slipped through a police dragnet in Dorna some weeks ago after a bomb had been thrown into a Jewish house.

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