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Tel Aviv Massacre Trial #223929

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 17, 1972
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(Studio) In Israel, verdict handed down to surviving Japanese terrorist.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Sarafend, Israel) Military court finds Kozo Okamoto guilty in Tel Aviv airport massacre on behalf of Arab guerrilla organization President of Court, Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Frish describes incident. Okamoto, member of Red Army, does not deny his role in slaughter. Israel's chief army prosecutor, Lieutenant Colonel David Israeli, compares defendant to wild animal, but asks for life prison sentence rather than death. Okamoto's state-appointed attorney Max Kritzman reminds court death cannot be imposed on anyone under age 18 and that no one proved Okamoto was over that age. Urges court not to put defendant to death, making him a martyr. Okamoto tells court he is 24 years old. Court sentences him to life in prison.

Mudd, Roger;
Rabel, Ed

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