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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Forecast high Tuesday 30-35 above VOL. LXIV No. 14 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER Id CENTS TWO SECTION'S 20 PAGES HIDEOUT Two fingerprlnl experts with Ihe Montreal police department enter a deserted farmhouse in St. Luc, 20 miles southeast of Mon- treal early Monday hours after the Rose brothers, Francis Sirnard and a fourth unidentified man were arrested. Sternness law shown By JOHN BAUS.MAN MOSCOW (AP) The sternness of Soviet law was revealed in Ihe Christmas Eve sentencing of 11 persons for an. unsuccessful airplane hijack plot to flee Ihe Soviet Union. Two Jews were sentenced to death and nine other persons to terms in labor camps rang- ing from four to 15 years. The foreign outcry against the penalties imposed In Leningrad is hardly likely to temper the weight of Soviet justice. In Russian eyes, the eight-day trial of those charged with scheming to hijack a Soviet airliner from Leningrad last June is purely a matter of do- mestic law and order and of no concern abroad. The stiff sentences probably were feed as a de- terrent to others who might get the idea. "Undoubtedly the Soviet Union's image has been damaged by tins one Western diplomat com- mented, "but they'll never admit it. To them this was a question of law enforcement." The fact that nine of the convicted persons are Jews has brought a strong Jewish protest from the West. This enabled the official news agency Tass to dismiss the protests as anti-Soviet hysteria whipped up by Israel and U.S. Zionists. The few facts officially disclosed in the case show I hat most of the group wanted to emigrate to Israel snd planned a hijacking to achieve this aiir. The would-be hijackers were arrested before Ihey ever got off the ground, making the severe penalties seem out of proportion in the eyes of some Westerners. Soviet authorities see the case differently. The plotters were trying to flee the country. In Soviet law this can be treason, and may be punished by death. They also schemed to steal state property in the form of the airplane, another capital crime. Soviet authorities historically have little sympathy for anyone who wanis tw leave the country, Jewish or not. Officially they will argue that the applicant for emigration i.s misled by false propaganda from abroad, that, he is better off under communism and the stale is justified in keeping him here. Practically, the Soviet Union could not afford an open-door policy through which it might lose valuabla trained man-power. Every year a limited number of emigration visas are granted, to Jews and non-Jews. The majority of them involve lengthy delays and are finally granted on the basis of permitting the emigrant to join rela- tives abroad. Most of emigrants are elderly, past the age when I hey could contribute to the military and industry. In proportion to their percentage of flic popula- Jews gel a large share of the visas. Sonet author- ities give no statistics on emigration and Israel also has never revealed how many Jews have legally emi- grated from this country. But unofficial estimates aia Hist more than half of the emigration visas go to Jews. Jews make up a little more than one per cent of Ilir: Soviet population. The latest census figures on Jews have not been published but 10 years ago the official figure was a litlle more than million. Israeli estimates that 3'i million Jews live in the Soviet Union, apparently include as many as a million persons not. recognized as Jows here. Seen and heard Traffic moving again HALIFAX (CP) Traffic was beginning to move today in Maritime cities and towns by two severe snow- storms that made many streets impassable during the weekend. However, in Monclon, N.B., the streets were still closed to all vehicles except those on e m e r g e n c y errands. Many streets were still only one lane wide. Motorists in Amherst, N.S., were being urged to leave their cars at home, and milk deliv- eries to homes were suspended. Tlic town asked businesses to confine deliveries to essentials, like fuel. In Bridgewater. N.S., and Saint John, N.B., where blocked streets and lughways created (-niergency situations during the w e e k e n d, snow plows had cleared the way for resumption of normal traffic. Holiday death loll climbs Jiy THE CANADIAN PRESS At least DO persons died in ac- cidents across Canada during the Christmas holiday period, -to in traffic. The Canada Safely Council had predicted thai -1-5 persons would die in traffic accidents across the country during Iho holiday period which ends at midnight tonight. During a similar period last year, 73 per- sons died in in traffic. Alberta had four deaths, three in traffic and one in a shooting accident. About town T'ONCERN for her Si- amese cat and her rela- tives shown by Belli Pitcher as she broke off a faaiily visit in the middle of the nisht lo walk the cat home when it became obviously meowingly upset wilh Christ- mas away from home Neighbor of Linda and De- Lynnc Marker showing cau- tion with a capital C by tele- phoning the fire department and saying, "we think we might have a fire" Janet Stead, 5, exhibiting the the widest eyes on the block after a real live Santa Claus visited her home Christmas Eve. armhouse police TO no agan PAUL ROSE i MONTREAL (CP) A light in the window of an apparently empty farmhouse led to the arrest early today of. three prime suspects in the kidnap-murder of Pierre Laporte. Paul Rose, 27. his brother Jacques Rose, 23, and Francis Simard, 23, were pick- ed up along with a fourth unidentified man in the house near St. Luc, 20 miles south- east of Montreal. First reports located the farmhouse at L'Acadie, in the same general area. The four men were armed but offered no resist- ance, a Quebec Provmical Police spokesman said. FOUND IN TUNNEL The Rose brothers and Si- mard had been sought on war- rants in connection with the Oct. 10 abduction of Mr. La- pcrte, Quebec labor minister, who was strangled a week later. Paul Hose was also wanted for the Oct. 5 kidnapping of British diplomat James Cross, freed Dec. 3 after his abductoi-s took advantage of a government offer of safe passage to Cuba. Justice Minister Jerome Cho- quelle said in an interview that the suspects were found in a tunnel, about 20 feel by four feet, hollowed oul under the ce- ment floor of the farmhouse. He said they could have re- mained undetected in the partment" for a long lime. Food and other provisions had been slocked inside it. Police of the anti-terrorist squad had raided the farmhouse Christmas Day. They found nothing, but their suspicions were aroused and they kept the building under observation. A light was seen inside the house early today, although no one had entered, and a second raid bore fruit. A police spokesman said the entrance to the underground hideaway, behind the furnace in the basement, was little more than J4 inches square. A similar secret hideaway, heliind a false wall in the closet ci a west-end Montreal apart- ment, enabled the three sus- pects to slip through the fingers of police last month. HID IN CLOSET Witnesses .testified at a coro- ner's inquest into Mr. Laporte's dealh that the Rose brothers and Simard slipped into their closet compartment as police raided the apartment Nov. 6. They emerged nearly 24 hours later when police stationed in the apartment had left for sup- per, and got out of the apart- ment through the back door which had been locked from the inside. Picked up in that Nov. 6 raid was Bernard Lortie, a 19-year- JACQUES HOSE FRANCIS SEVIAKD MONTREAL (CP) Bail ap- plications on behalf of persons detained under the Mea- sures Act now mil be consi- dered by the courts, Justice Minister Jerome Choquelte said today. He made the announcement at a news conference, a few hours after the arrest of tlu-ee prime suspects in tire kidnap murder of Pierre Lapurte. The minister recalled his Dec. 22 announcement that persons oetained under the act would not be released for the Clirist- mas holidays, and said "cir- c u m s I a n c c s have changed today." Quebec would therefore re- turn to "the normal course of justice" in which "bail is the prerogative of the courts to grant." However, Mr. Choquette said, "I reserve my right to object to bail in certain cases." 3 SUSPECTS ARRESTED He called the news conference to "confirm officially" that po- lice had picked up Paul Rose, 27, his brother Jacques Rose, 23, and Francis Simard, 23. They were arrested at St. Luc, 20 miles southeast of Mont- real, in a farmhouse that the justice minister said was rented by Michel Viger. Mr. Choquette also said that Dr. Jacques Ferron, whom he identified only as "a well-known doctor from the south acted as an intermediary be- tween the suspects and police. But he did not make clear whether the suspects gave themselves up voluntarily or whether the intermediary was called in after police had tracked them down. WHERE SUSPECTS ARRESTED Map locotes Si, Luc., Que., south of Montreal, where police arrested Paul and Jacques Rose and Francis Simard in connection wilh the kidnapping and murder of Quebec tabor Minister Pierre Laporte. Death IVOllieil lit old student, who testified at the hfffl 1mf> inquest the following day that lllUJ UC II ild he and tliree others abducted the labor minisler to support the aims of the terrorist Front de Liberation du Quebec. Mr. Lapote was held and killed, in a bungalow in St. Hu- bert south of Montreal. Lortie said he left the bungalow the day before the labor minister was strangled. Other witnesses testified that the Rose brothers and S'imard arrived at the west-end apart- ment on Queen Mary Road around the supper hour Oct. 17, the day of the slaying. The inquest is scheduled to re- sume Jan. 4. Mr. Choquette met today with prosecutor Jacques Ducros, who has handled much of the ques- tioning at the inquest, to discuss the possibility of resuming ear- lier in view of the arrests. Mr. Choquette did not an- nounce any decision. He told re- porters only that the Crown must be given time to prepare "adequately" for the next in- quest session. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The United States Coast Guard has abandoned the search for a yacht captained by Lee Quinn, famed for sailing the seas with all-girl crews. The coast guard said Sunday it had dropped a four Jay aerial search over a vast area of the North Pacific route being sailed by Quinn and three women crew members aboard his 48-foot Neophyte Too. They are more than a month Settlers kill 5 MANILA (Reuler) Armed Moslem settlers in southern Cot- abato province killed five moun- tain tribesmen in a fight last week, police sources said Mon- day. overdue on a voyage from Abur- atsubo, Japan, which they left Oct. II, for Vancouver. When Quinn, 43, began sailing wilh girl crew members in 1962, he said he was doing it to dispel a sailors' legend that women at sea are bad luck. The former Los Gatos, Calif., steeplejack has logged more than miles in the Pacific with women crews, including S3 girls of 23 nationalilies. His present crew consisted of Pat: 27, of Australia, and Janrko Kume, 29, and Saefci Yonko, 19, both of Japan. The coast guard said it would continue to broadcast search bulletins to ships and planes passing over Quinn's planned route. BURGOS, Spain (API A military court today handed down death sentences for six persons in the Burgos trial of 16 Basque extremists. The sentences will go to Gen. Francisco Franco to be com- muted or confirmed. Three of the six were sent- enced to death by firing squad The unusual measure indicated the reaction of the court to the last, day of trial when the 16 arose in a group and tried to attack court-mar- tial, members. The tliree receiving two death sentences each were Francisco Javier Izco, 29; Eduardo Uriate 25, and Jaoquin Gorostidi, 26, who led the charge against the court members. The prosecution had asked for six death sentences and more than 700 years in prison for the 16. PROTESTS EXPECTED The sentences, if carried out, were expected to inflame leftist and student groups and labor groups across Spain. The others sentenced to death were Mario Onaindia, 22, a me- chanic; Francisco Javier Lar- ena, 25, student, and Jose Maria Doironsoro, 29, teacher. Five of the six testified they were Marxist-Leninists. The sixth, Izco, was silenced by the court before he could state his views. All six of those sentenced to ;s death said they were members of ETA, the secret Basque guer- rilla organization. The oilier 10 received prison terms ranging from six to 70 years. The failure of the court to an- nounce the verdicts Saturday touched off speculation that the' officers were making last-min- ute changes following the re- lease of the honorary West Ger- man consul in San Sebastian, Eugen Bcihl. Bciid was kidnapped Dec. 1 bv thu Basque guerrilla outfit ETA, of which all the defend- ants are either members or sympathizers. The kidnappers said BeihI's fate would depend on the outcome of the trial, but they surprised the government by freeing the consul Christmas Day. The trial set off anti-govern- ment strikes, clashes with po- lice and protest demonstrations in Spain and abroad. 31 cr saved Israel units First Yugoslav w patient dies PREMIER MEIR reopens door BELGRADE teen year old Misa Nastasic, the first Yugoslav to undergo surgery by heart specialist Mi- chael de Bakey of the United _.........J here. spokesman reported that two Is- Tlie boy was operated on by retell houses in the upper Galilee Bakey in Houston, Tex., for village of Yaron were damaged a congenital heart fault in Feb- by explosives placed by guerril- ruary, 1963. las based in Lebanon. TEL AVIV (Router) Israeli forces carried out a retaliatory raid across the Lebanese border Sunday night, killing several Arab guerrillas and wounding more, a military spokesman said today. One Israeli soldier was killed and five others were wounded in the operation in which Israeli forces blew up four houses used by guerrillas, the spokesman said. The Israeli action in the Yutav sector was in retaliation for recent "acts of aggression.'1 and many weapons including bazookas, macliine-guns and Kalachnikov assault rifles were found there, he said. The spokesman added the main concentration of guerrillas in central Lebanon was located in tills area. Earlier today, a military NEW YORK (CP) Thirty- one crew members of the Fin- nish tanker Ragny, which split in two in the North Atlantic Sunday, were rescued from the vessel's stem section today. The men were b r o u ght aboard the United States Coast Guard cutter Escanaba, which then headed for the Ragny's bow section, believed (o contain six men. A coast guard spokesman here said the ship's captain and chief engineer were believed to be among those clinging to the Ragny's capsized bow section, wallowing in rough seas about 600 miles southeast of New York. Meanwhile, a Panamanian freighter was reported sinking today 27 miles southwest of Bermuda. Tire United Stales Coast Guard at Elizabeth City, N.C. said a was diverted from another rescue m i s s i o n, Iho stricken Finnish vessel Racnv, to fly over the site where'llie freighter Chryssie was reported in trouble. Israel back lo peace talks table JERUSALEM (AP) Israel has decided to return to the Middle East peace talks at the United Nations with Egypt and Jordan, Premier Golda Meir an- nounced today. Mrs. Meir reported the deci- sion to reporters after a special meeting of the Israeli cabinet. Israel suspended its partici- pation to thu lalis of Sept. 6 because il contended, there had been an Egyptian missile buildup in the Suez canal area in violation of the Middle East ceasefire. The decision to go back to the peace table had become vir- tually certain when the cabinet was given the assent of the rul- ing Labor party and its chief co- alition ally. 'Hie' paved r.heti Mrs. Meir's Labor parly and the National Religious party gave the go-ahead. ASSURED U.S. SUPPORT In an effort to offset the mili- tary advantage credited to the Egyptians with their forward movement of missiles, the Is- raelis conditioned their return to Ihe talks on receiving assur- ances of political and Military support from the United Stales. Authoritative sources quoted the premier Sunday night as saying the conditions for return- ing had been met. These conditions were under- stood to be a commitment by the U.S. of continued arms sup- plies and a firmer use of its de- terrent power lo counter in- creasing Soviet involvement in Uis Mid'dla East. 'Happy New Ycarl' ;