OPINION

August 1, 1953

PLOUMBIDIS TRIAL: At 8.15 a.m. yesterday, the trial of the communist spies resumed before the permanent military tribunal. (…) At 11.30 a.m. Brigadier Nikitas Polychronopoulos, royal commissioner, began his testimony, which lasted for about three-and-a-half hours. (…) In addition, Polychronopoulos proposed that the court pass the death sentences on Ploumbidis and (in absentia) Zachariadis, Ioannidis, Bartzotas, Vladas, Stringos, Roussos, Vrondisios, Dimitrakareas, and Roula Lazaridou. He suggested 15 years’ imprisonment for Kotsifas and (…) 12 years for Hanou. LOSSES IN KOREA: The Army Chief of Staff has announced that known losses by the Greek armed forces in Korea are the following: Killed: 14 officers, 155 troops; injured: 27 officers, 516 troops; missing or taken prisoner: no officers, three troops. KOPAIS: Last night the Greek State signed a contract with the Kopais company for the purchase of the estate of the same name. The finance minister, Mr Papayiannis, signed for the State and Sir Francis Nosworthy for the company. Following the purchase, over 20,000 hectares of land will be distributed to Greek farmers. IN VITEL: The joint leader of the Liberal Party, Mr Sophocles Venizelos, left for France yesterday at 1 p.m. by air, to continue his hot springs treatment at Vitel, in Vichy.