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.
GV: Miron Markus and wife Marilyn and daughter walking in garden.
SV: Miron Markus lifting daughter, and wife puts her on swing.
CU: Daughter swinging
CU: Miron Markus looks on.
CU: Reporter talking
Reporter talking to Miron Markus.
REPORTER: Mrs. Markus, you must be very happy too see your husband again?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "Yes, I'm very happy to see him."
REPORTER: "Did you ever think this would happen?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "I was sure it would happen one day."
REPORTER: "Were you ever in contact with him during his very long 20 months?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "No, not at all."
REPORTER: "Not a letter?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "Nothing".
REPORTER: "Telephone call?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "Nothing."
REPORTER: "Not a word?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "No".
REPORTER: "When did you first hear he was going to be released?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "A week ago."
REPORTER: "And that has been a long week, has it?"
MARILYN MARKUS: "That's right".
REPORTER: "Were you ever given a reason why you were being held in prison for 20 months?"
MARKUS: "No, never, I never got a reasonable answer. I was asking sometimes, but I never got a reasonable answer."
REPORTER: "What did they say?"
MARKUS: "Nothing. Just nothing. If you asked somebody, you know for an answer they said (indistinct)"
REPORTER: "You told us how you had been kept in a very small room in a house in Maputo."
REPORTER: "How big was that room?"
MARKUS: "I think it was about three and a half metres. About that size."
REPORTER: "And what were the conditions like inside?"
MARKUS: "It was very bad. No light. Very hot (indistinct)".
REPORTER: "You were wounded at the stage. Was there any treatment forthcoming for your wounds?"
MARKUS: "Yes, yes. Once in a week, or once in two weeks."
REPORTER: "Who saw you? Who were these doctors?"
MARKUS: "Er, mainly the director of (indistinct) hospital. And once or twice, a young woman doctor."
REPORTER: "From which country?"
MARKUS: "From Mozambique. They both could speak English very well."
Unconfirmed reports in Cape???Town on Monday (24 April) said Robert Thompson would be released from Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary on 30 April, and Alan Nan Norman (22) would be freed by the East Germans on 1 May.
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Background: 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.