OPINION

December 22, 1958

GOLDSTEIN ESPIONAGE CASE: The German national Eric Goldstein, who was arrested three days ago at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, had been taken into custody in West Germany some time ago, along with other Germans, on charges of espionage. They had later been set free on bail but Goldstein had managed to flee to Belgium, although the others had been sent to trial. Once Goldstein had arrived in Athens, the German government had been informed and had asked the Greek government to arrest him pending the presentation of documents supporting their claim to have him repatriated. The Greek-German treaty on the deportation of criminals does not include the crime of espionage, but the Greek government can deport Goldstein in exchange for a person convicted of espionage here. Espionage is not considered a political crime in Greece. Military courts have sentenced spies to death and these sentences have been carried out. HOMEGROWN TERRORISM: An Athens court has sentenced Ioannis Koronakis, 62, of Corfu to eight years’ imprisonment for his part in an attempt to blow up the Justice Ministry.