An Israeli citizen has been freed from a Mozambique jail, in what a New York Congressman says is a three-way international deal, also involving the release of prisoners in the United states and East Germany.
An Israeli citizen has been freed from a Mozambique jail, in what a New York Congressman says is a three-way international deal, also involving the release of prisoners in the United states and East Germany. The Israeli, 24-year-old Miron Markus, was handed over at the Mozambique - Swaziland border on Sunday (23 April) after spending 18 months in jail in Maputo, the Mozambique capital. Markus said he had been jailed after the light plane, in which he had been flying from Rhodesia to Sough Africa. where he lives, was forced to land in bad weather. It was then been fired upon on Mozambique forces. The pilot, Markus's brother-in-law, Jacab Bloch, was killed and Markus wounded. The Mozambique Government said the pair were on a spy mission. Waiting at the Goba border post on Sunday to meet Markus were his Sough African wife Marilyn, and New York Congressman Ben Gilman, who told newsmen he had been instrumental in arranging the release.
SYNOPSIS: According to Mr Gilman, Markus, seen here, with his wife Marilyn and their young daughter, was released as part of an international deal. This involves the freeing of Robert Thompson, who is in an American jail, for spying for East Germany, and United States student Alan Van Norman, now held in East Berlin. Mrs Markus was asked about her husband's release.