• Short Summary

    AT THE THIRD ATTEMPT TO RETURN SIX NORTH VIETNAMESE ACCUSED OF SPYING IN LAOS, THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL AIRCRAFT WAS FINALLY ALLOWED TO LAND WITH THE SPIES ABOARD AT HANOI. (AUGUST 26).

  • Description

    AT THE THIRD ATTEMPT TO RETURN SIX NORTH VIETNAMESE ACCUSED OF SPYING IN LAOS, THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL AIRCRAFT WAS FINALLY ALLOWED TO LAND WITH THE SPIES ABOARD AT HANOI. (AUGUST 26).

    THE SIX WERE FIRST PUT ON AN INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION AIRCRAFT ON AUGUST 15; THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL VIENTIANE AFTER AN HOUR AND A HALF.

    THE SECOND ATTEMPT HAD BEEN WHEN THE PLANE HAD BEEN REFUSED LANDING PERMISSION AT HANOI AND AGAIN RETURNED.

    THE SIX HAD BEEN ARRESTED THREE WEEKS EARLIER FOR ALLEGED COMPLICITY IN SPYING ACTIVITIES. THEIR CAR HAD BEEN IN A CRASH IN THE NORTH, AND WHEN SEARCHED, MAPS HAD BEEN FOUND.

    FIVE WERE MEMBERS OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE EMBASSY IN LAOS, AND THE SIXTH A NORTH VIETNAMESE NEWSAGENCY CORRESPONDENT.

    ALL EXCEPT MR. NGUYEN SONG HAI HAD BEEN KEPT IN DETENTION AT PONE KENG BARRACKS, LAOTIAN MILITARY HEADQUARTERS, WHERE THEY HAD BEEN ON HUNGER STRIKE. MR. HAI, AFTER STRONG DEMANDS TO THE LAO PRIME MINISTER SOUVANNA PHOUMA, WAS RELEASED TO THE EMBASSY.

    THE SPIES WERE DELIVERED TO THE AIRCRAFT IN A TRUCK. AS THEY GOT OUT THEY SHOUTED TO JOURNALISTS THAT THEY HAD BEEN ILL-TREATED, AND STRIPPED OF SOME OF THE CLOTHES WHICH THE LAOTIAN GOVERNMENT HAD GIVEN THEM. THEY SAID THAT THEY HAD BEEN ROBBED OF THEIR WATCHES AND MONEY, AND BEEN GIVEN NO BATH FOR TEN DAYS. THE LAST TO ARRIVE, SEPARATELY, HOANG NHAT QUANT, STRIPPED RIGHT DOWN TO HIS SHORTS AND SANDALS BEFORE BOARDING THE AIRCRAFT.

    ALL TOOK THEIR LEAVE OF NORTH VIETNAMESE EMBASSY OFFICIALS WITH EFFUSIVE HUGS--WHILE MILITARY POLICEMEN KEPT CLOSE WATCH.

    ONCE HOME, A REPORT FROM HANOI SAID THAT DOCTORS WHO HAD EXAMINED THE SIX SAID THAT THE MEN'S HEALTH HAD BEEN SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED BY MALNUTRITION, ILL-TREATMENT AND DETENTION IN FILTHY, NARROW AND DARK CELLS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2AG17XR0ATPG9MWDOA3IAD08
    Media URN:
    VLVA2AG17XR0ATPG9MWDOA3IAD08
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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