OPINION

June 9, 1958

MERTEN CASE: According to sources, Max Merten will not be extradited to West Germany as provided for in a 1952 treaty and will instead be tried in Greece. German national Max Merten, who was accused of committing various crimes between 1942 and 1944 as deputy of the German military commander of Thessaloniki, came to Athens on business in 1957 and was arrested by order of the Greek war crimes bureau. Merten was accused of executing 682 Greeks in Thessaloniki, including a number of military officers and the president of the community of Galliko, as well as incarcerating Greek citizens in inhumane conditions and looting stores owned by Thessaloniki Jews, profiting to the tune of half a million gold sovereigns. TURKISH CYPRIOTS: Nicosia – Turkish Cypriots have been vandalizing Greek property in Cyprus. The most serious incidents occurred here and in Limassol. SEVEN DEATHS: This morning a Greek Cypriot road sweeper Antonios Ioannou was killed in the Turkish district of Nicosia. The number of Greek Cypriots killed since last Saturday when the Turkish attacks began is now seven, with over 100 injured.