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March 28, 1980 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

18 Friday, March 28, 1980

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Russian Jew Is Sentenced to Five Years

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NEW YORK (JTA) —
Igor Guberman, the 44-
year-old Jewish journalist
and author, was sentenced
to five years imprisonment
and confiscation of his prop-
erty at his trial on March
11, the National Council on
Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) re-
ported.
The NCSJ said it had no
information as to the fate of
a Jewish photographer who
refused last fall to incrimi-
nate Guberman. The
Jewish photographer was
one of three co-defendants
who went on trial with
Guberman. Two of them are
convicted criminals, one of
whom has served a jail sen-
tence for larceny, and the
third was the Jewish photo-
grapher.

Guberman was arrested
last Aug. 13 and held in-
communicado. He was sen-
tenced on false charges of
trafficking in stolen icons.
Starting in 1973, G}iber-
man, an active contributor
to the underground publica-
tion, "Jews In the USSR,"
had been approached by
KGB agents, who were
seeking information on
Moscow activists. The KGB
harassment increased after
December 1978, when Igor,
his wife Tatiana, and two
children applied for exit
visas to Israel.
After months of re-
peated refusals by
Guberman to cooperate
with the secret police, the
KGB arrested Guberman
on false charges of buy-
ing and selling of icons,

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AMSTERDAM (JTA) —
international
An
"Shcharansky Tribunal"
will be held here May 12-13,
it was announced by Labor
parliamentarian Harry van
den Bergh, chairman of
"Friends of Anatoly
Shcharansky Committee."
The tribunal, which was
established in Holland last
November, will be corn-
prised of internationally
famous personalities. The
tribunal is focusing on
Shcharansky but will also
deal with other human
rights violations in the
USSR.
Meanwhile, in Washing-
ton, members of both politi-
cal parties in the House and
Senate on Monday and
Tuesday deplored the con-
tinued detention of
Shcharansky for his efforts
on behalf of Soviet Jewry to
emigrate to Israel,
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
and Rep. Robert Drinan
(D-Mast.) sought to deliver
a letter of protest on
Shcharansky's behalf to the
Soviet embassy last Friday
but the embassy refused to
accept it.
The Congressional Wives
for Soviet Jewry urged
Shcharansky's release.

the NCSJ said. He had, in
fact, been collecting
medieval relics for many
years, a practice not for-
bidden by Soviet law, the
NCSJ said.
According to information
made available to the
NCSJ, evidence which sur-
faced during the trial
demonstrated that the two
hard-core criminals had
been burglarizing homes
since 1973. In connection
with the burglaries, stolen
goods from 29 homes were
cited as being sold to var-
ious buyers, two of whom
served as witnesses. One
witness, Filipov, confessed
buying 60 icons on several
different occasions.
Other witnesses included
alleged victims of the bur-
glaries. They admitted dur-
ing the trial that they never
filed complaints against the
defendants and, in fact,
never saw any of the stolen
property exhibited as evi-
dence. Most of the so-called
evidence against Guberman
was carried in the tes-
timony of the two convicted
criminals who testified that
in 1978 Guberman bought
10 or 11 icons, knowing that
they were stolen. They also
admitted that they were
guaranteed shorter, more
lenient sentences if Guber-
man were found guilty.
According to informed
sources in the Soviet Union,
the defending attorney
asked that all charges
against Guberman be drop-
ped because of lack of evi-
dence. In opposition, the
prosecutor argued in his
summation that Guberman
organized the thefts end, in
fact, enticed the others into
committing the actual
crimes.
The NCSJ also said
that according to reports
from the USSR, the pro-
secutor said: "In spite of

the fact that there is no
concrete evidence
against Guberman, I am
sure the witnesses told
the truth and Guberman
is guilty of all the above
crimes." He then asked
the judge for a sentence
of five years imprison-
ment, with an added pen-
alty of property confisca-
tion.
The NCSJ reported that
the majority of Moscow
Jewish activists say that
authorities in their quest to
keep Jewish emigration
under tight control, are try-
ing to stop the publication a
"Jews In the USSR" and
discourage those now on the
fringe from becoming emig-
ration activists. They espe-
cially fear that Guberman's
trial and subsequent sen-
tence may become the first
step in a clamp-down on
Jewish activists.

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Menahem Begin of Israel
finished sixth out of 12
foreign leaders most recog-
nized by the British public.
A public opinion poll
showed that Jimmy Carter
was recognized by 92 per-
cent of the people, followed
by Fidel Castro, 53 percent;
and Ayatollah Khomeini,
48 percent.
Some 43 percent iden-
tified Begin, compared to 36
percent for Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat.
French President Giscard
d'Estaing was on the list,
with only 22 percent, fol-
lowed by Zambia President
Kenneth Kaunda, 21 per-
cent.
Fifty-one percent of those
questioned had some
knowledge about Israel,
compared to 44 percent for
Egypt.

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