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    In Rhodesia four white civilians who were abducted last year have been released. The men?

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    LV AND SV: people waiting and watching as passengers emerge from customs (2 shots)

    CU: released Rhodesian Mr John Kennerley with his parents being interviewed in English.

    CU: released British prisoner Major Thomas Wigglesworth talking in English with reporters as he walks through airport. (3 shots)

    SV: released prisoner walking away.

    REPORTER: "Can we ask a simple question about how you feel today?"

    KENNERLEY: "I don't think I can answer that. It's pretty obvious isn't it."

    REPORTER: "Do you intend to go back to Rhodesia?"

    KENNERLEY: "For a while."

    REPORTER: "What are your impressions of the Patriotic Front's attitude towards the way the war is going in Rhodesia?"

    KENNERLEY: "No comment. I don't think I can answer that."

    REPORTER: "How would you characterise your captors politically and in terms of their military capabilities?

    WIGGLESWORTH: "Very efficient."

    REPORTER: "Is it an efficient fighting force?"

    WIGGLESWORTH: "It appeared so to me."

    REPORTER: "Did Robert Mugabe have anything specific to say about the military and political situation inside Rhodesia today?"

    WIGGLESWORTH: "No, I didn't see him today."

    REPORTER: "You know, but at the present time. Did you only talk about matters of food?"

    WIGGLESWORTH: "Well, he asked me what I wanted and I said my freedom, and general matters like that. And he said that his comrades, his soldiers, had been given strict instructions to treat us in a humane way."

    REPORTER: Did the morale of the Patriotic Front forces seem to be optimistic that the war was going in the manner that they would wish?

    WIGGLESWORTH: "Well, they appeared to think that they were quite prepared to carry on until they had won it their way."

    REPORTER: "When you were taken captive did you think you would be executed?"

    WIGGLESWORTH: "Well, I was told by the Commander of the capture force that my labour had pleaded for my life to be saved because I had treated them well. And also I was caught without a gun."

    REPORTER: "One last comment Major?"

    WIGGLESWORTH: "I want to get my hands on anything that's available."

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    Background: In Rhodesia four white civilians who were abducted last year have been released. The men -- two Britons, a Rhodesian and a South African -- were held in Mozambique before being handed to representatives of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International, on February the 2nd.

    SYNOPSIS: Two of the men, a 17-year-old Rhodesian and a British Major, arrived in Johannesburg, where they were met by their families and friends. One man described their release by Mr Robert Mugabe's ZANU guerrillas, as a "gigantic publicity stunt". Mr John Kennerley and Major Thomas Wigglesworth were delighted to be free.

    It was reported that two whites were still being detained in Mozambique by guerrillas.

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