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August 17, 1979 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Argentina Lists Its Allegations,
No Charges Against Lockman

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
A press attache of the
Argentinian Embassy says
that Jaime Lockman — the
first Argentinian Jew ar-
rested after the 1976 mili-
tary coup — was detained
on charges of "youth politi-
cal indoctrination for the
`Montoneros' terrorist
group (and) acting as finan-
cial agent for the terrorist
group ( Comandos Re-
volucionarios' through the
use of a checking account on
the First City National
Bank of the city of Parana."
In a letter addressed to
Joseph Polakoff, the JTA
Bureau Chief in Washing-
ton, the Argentinian offi-
cial, Hernan Massim Ez-
curra, said that he was re-
sponding to a JTA report in
which it was alleged that
Lockman remained in
prison without formal
charges filed against him.

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15, 1976, by "order of the
Executive National Power
according to decree 941."
According to Morton Ro-
senthal, director of the
Latin-American Affairs
Department of the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith, no formal charges
have been filed against
Lockman and the Argenti-
nian government refused
four times Lockman's re-
quest to leave the country.
The right of option clause in
the Argentinian constitu-
tion, Rosenthal noted,
guarantees the right of
emigration for citizens held
in prison without being
charged with a crime.

The report also expressed
fear that Lockman would
not be able to survive the
harsh prison conditions be-
cause of his heart condition.
After his arrest, Lockman
was transferred to Dawson
prison in south Argentina,
known for its harsh condi-
tions.
"With regard to Mr.
Lockman's health," the
letter by Ezcurra stated,
"this Embassy has been
informed that he has a
coronary condition with
a soft systolic murmur.
He is being treated with
persantin and valium.
According to his last
periodical medical check
up (June 28, 1979), he has
been found to be in good
physical condition."
The Argentinian official
also claimed that Lockman,
who had been a car dealer in
Cordoba, was detained June

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Jerusalem.
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over the Hasmoneans bath rooms are evidence of
(descendants of the Mac- the palace's former com-
forts.
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Frescoes are discernable
The history of the Second
Temple period of the Jews, on the walls; the paint and
so fundamental to under- plaster from 2,000 years ago
standing Western civiliza- has proved to be durable.
At the foot of the hill,
tion since, is rife with irony.
It was a period of great re- what was probably a palace,
ligiosity among Jews, which measuring 130x60 meters,
profoundly attracted and is partially cleared, as are
repulsed Roman Empire two long underground stor-
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