June 14, 1956

JUAN JOSE VALLE: Buenos Aires, 12 – It was announced today that the military council (the reactionary junta led by General Pedro Aramburu and Admiral Isaac Rojas that overthrew Argentinean President Juan Domingo Peron) has decided that as of today all executions will be postponed. Nevertheless, and while it was expected that the death sentenced passed on the arrested General Juan Jose Valle, leader of the Peronist movement, was to be commuted to a life sentence, a well-informed source said that the general was executed by a firing squad this afternoon. So far 252 people have been executed, including three colonels. The government has announced the execution of just 39 people. RUDOLF SLANSKY: Prague, 12 – The first secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Antony Novotny, said at yesterday’s first session of the party congress that there was no cause to rehabilitate Rudolf Slansky, the former general secretary of the party, who was executed in 1952 for treason, sabotage and espionage.

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