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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE September Canadian sentenced to death MOSCOW (Reuter) A former hairdresser arrested last year while on a visit from Canada to his native town in Geor- gia has been sentenced to death by a Soviet military tribunal for war crimes, the government newspaper Izvestia reported Friday. The newspaper alleged that Georgi Tsinaridze had taken part in the murder of more than 3.000 persons as a member of a Nazi terrorist group. He fled to Canada at the end of the Second World War and in 1968 the Soviet government asked Canada for his extra- dition, the newspaper said. It said he was arrested in the Black Sea town of Batumi un- der the alias of David Geldiashvili. The report neither indicated when sentence was passed nor whether it had been carried out, but said that during the two- week trial the tribunal examined 19 volumes of evidence and heard more than 40 witnesses. The newspaper said a Canadian embassey official, Derek Fraser, was at the trial, but in Moscow Fraser declined com- ment Friday night. The newspaper said Tsinaridze served in the "Caucasian company" of a German einsatzgruppe (commando group) which operated between 1941 and 1943. Izvestia also named three other men it said had been members of the company and now are living in Istanbul, Lon- don and Paris. In Ottawa an external affairs department official said Tsinaridze became a Canadian citizen in 1971 and was warn- ed when he returned to the Soviet Union in 1973 that he was wanted there for war crimes. "He was aware of the the official said. The official said the Canadian embassy in Moscow has been following the case and that a lawyer now is appealing the man's death sentence. He said Canada refused a Soviet request for extradition in 1968 because no extradition treaty exists between the two countries. Alderman spikes rumors at probe about decision being influenced QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Dental Mechanic 303-Sth Street So. Metcalf Building PHONE 328-7684 Jumbo players Rival elephants scramble for an over-sized soccer ball during exhibition match at temple grounds in Thonburi, Thailand. Specialists in all types of Engines ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd A venue South Phone 328-8181 EDMONTON (CP) -Acity alderman Friday denied any involvement by two city land developers in his decision to return to Edmonton from South America in November, 1973, to vote in favor of a rezoning bylaw. Appearing for the second day before Mr. Justice William Morrow's inquiry into Edmonton civic affairs, Aid. Ron Hayter said he wished to dispel rumors about his return trip from Nicaragua to vote on the Westgate Shopping Centre application by Raphael and Eskandar Ghermezian. The inquiry was launched after Aid. Alex Fallow disclos- ed an alleged offer of a "gift" of made to him by the Ghermezians. Aid Hayter testified Friday he cancelled a two year Women require protection in reporting rape cases JASPER (CP) Justice Minister Otto Lang said Friday night that changes in the Criminal Code are necessary to relieve women of the "trauma and psychological terror they face in reporting rape offences and testifying at rape trials." "Clearly it has become incumbent upon us, those of us who make the law and those who enforce it. to search for means of reducing the anguish of women in reporting a rape, and in the trial that Mr. Lang told a meeting of the Alberta Crown Attorneys Association. The justice minister said he was not only concerned about court procedures, but also about "the acute embar- rassment and harassment that too often attend the re- port of rape under our pres- ent system." He said special care should be taken to ensure that the rape victim is dealt with in an understanding and sympathetic way, from the first contact with law enforcement authorities. "I think it is especially important that the first contact with the police after the shock of assault be handled with delicacy and understanding." he said. He termed the establishment by some police forces of special units to deal with the complainant in a sex crime case an "admirable step." and suggested other police forces follow suit Mr. Lang said he is examining possible amendments to the criminal code that would: that the details of an alleged sex crime and the name of the victim will not be used in the press: the greater use of change of venue provisions, allowing the trial to take place outside the community where the victim is well known: the exclusion of the public from the preliminary inquiry and the trial: except in special cases defence enquiries into a woman's moral integrity, her habits, associations, and private life. Mr. Lang said he would like to introduce the amendments in Parliament "at an early date." "Unfortunately, there is often a good measure of validity in the observation of jurors, witnesses and others who have seen rape trials, that the victim is as much on trial as the Mr Lang said. "This must not be so." Mr. Lang said reported rape cases increased from 900 in 1968 to almost 1.600 last year. contract with the land developers for public relations work when he learned they would have development proposals coming before city council in the future. The contract was worth a year. After learning of the Gher- mizians' development plans in September, 1973, the alderman said he was forced to make a decision on his priorities as a businessman and alderman. Aid. Hayter said the Westgate shopping proposal was the largest development to come before council in his three years of service, and he didn't want to be deprived of his vote on the matter because of his association with the Ghermezians He testified he informed Mr. Ghermezian that day of his intention to cancel the contract, and left the Ghermezians' office with the understanding that his in- volvement in the development firm was terminated. During the two months in which he did public relations work for the Ghermezians, Aid. Hayter said he had not been aware of their involve- ment in Westgate. He said he was "disturbed" upon learning of the Ghermezian involvement, because of the magnitude of the proposal, and his position as an alderman of attempting to take a stand on major issues before city council. Aid. Hayter said he rejected the alternative of abstaining from the vote, because he didn't want to lose his voice on city council. WHERE DO THEY GO? FORDINGBRIDGE, Eng- land (CP) Pheasants in Hampshire are being fitted with tiny radio transmitters so that scientists at the Game Conservancy can find out why two million of the six million birds released every year vanish before the shooting season starts. Ten cities selected for rental housing aid INSTALLATION ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS 1709 2 Ave. S. Phone 328-5973 OTTAWA (CP) Ten cities have been picked for special rental housing aid announced recently by Urban Affairs Minister Barnett Danson. Mr. Danson said in a news release Friday that Victoria, Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal. Hull, Que.. Saint John, N.B.. and St. John's, Nfld.. have qualified for the S50-milhon program The minister said the money, collected from other parts of the federal housing budget, is expected to yield 000 to rental units in these 10 cities where rental vacancy rates are particularly low. The money is being allocated under the government's limited- dividend housing program un- der which rents are fixed through agreements between landlords and the Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHCi. Projects will be financed by CMHC loans at eight-per-cent interest rates with rents fixed for the first 15 years. COME IN AND SEE THE ONLY MAZDA COSMO SPORT 110 s. IN CANADA Pro Motors Ltd. 1520-2nd Ave.S. On Display for a Limited Only More than just another Province, it's another world. British Columbia. 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