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United States v. Paley, 1952


United States v. Paley

Consular Court, Tangier
Source: The Day, 19 December 1952


Piracy Case Goes To Consular Court

TANGIER, International Zone, Morocco (AP) - A United States consular court today received the case of Sidney H. Paley of Jersey City, N.J., accused of planning and helping in the high-seas hijacking of $100,000 worth of cigarettes from a Dutch ship.

The three-man American tribunal, presided over by Consular Judge Milton , will announce its verdict tomorrow.

Paley, 32 year old nylon manufacturer (his nickname is Nylon Sid) is charged in two counts of conspiring with and aiding and abetting Elliott Burt Forrest of New York city to hijack the 300-ton Dutch motorship Combinatie on Oct. 4 of its cargo of American cigarettes. Forrest, a playboy adventurer, is a fugitive.

It is the first piracy trial to be staged in a United States consular court and the first postwar piracy case on the Barbary coast.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School