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Wednesday, June 1, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAI
Judge denies Hanafi Moslem

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page Nine

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move for
W A S H I N G T O N (A -
The murder - kidnapping trial
of Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and
11 of his Hanafi Moslem follow-
ers got under way yesterday
as a judge denied a motion to
dismiss all charges and fenced
repeatedly with defense attor-
neys.
Though jury selection had
not yet begun, sparks flew
from the outset of the proceed-
ings, potentially the longest in
the history of the city's local
courts.
SUPERIOR COURT Judge
Nicholas Nunzio rejected a host
of defense motions and com-
plaints, with more pre-trial ar-
guments certainto come before
the screening of 500 prospective
jurors begins. Opening trial ar-
guments aren't expected for a
week or more.
The most important ruling
came when the defense at-
tempteduto have the case
throws out on the ground that
the government may have dis-
couraged prosecution witnesses
frotm talking with defense law-
vers and investigators. The
go: ernment denied the charge,
and Nunzio denied the motion.
The 12 were charged in a 32-
count indictment after they
allegedly seized 149 hostages
and three buildings March 9-11.
Several persons were severely
wounded and broadcast report-
er Maurice Williams was killed
during the siege. .
THE TAKEOVER, tied to a
blood feud between the small
lanafi sect and the Black Mus-
lims, ended peacefully when
three diplomats from Moslem
cotntries talked the gunmen
into surrendering.
Ntnzio had barely taken his
chair when Ehaalis' attorney,
forterwSuperior JudgeH arry
Alexander, rose to complain

dismissal of charges

about the conditions in the
courtroom, which, though spe-
cially renovated, was cramped
and noisy from the sheer num-
bers of defendants and attor-
neys.
"This is ridiculos," he said.
"Lawyers jammed together,
accused jammed together . .."
Nunzio promptly ordered his
former colleague: "Mr. Anex-
ander, take your seat. This is
what we have."
SECURITY WAS the tightest
ever for a Washington trial,
with an electronic search made

of everyone entering the build-
ing and a second search made
of those who actually went into
the courtroom. I
Khaalis and his co-defendants
appeared in informal attire. He
and several of the others salut-
ed their Hanafi comrades
among the spectators, including
a dozen veiled women.
Many persons predicted a
battle of ego as well as legal
wit between Nunzio and Alex-
ander, who left the bench last
year. But Nunzio made it clear
he would tolerate little of Alex-
ander's flamboyant manner.

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