More than 12,000 Uruguayan police and troops have been conducting an intensive search for the British Ambassador, Mr Geoffrey Jackson who was kidnapped by left-wing guerrillas in Montevideo on Friday (8 January).
More than 12,000 Uruguayan police and troops have been conducting an intensive search for the British Ambassador, Mr Geoffrey Jackson who was kidnapped by left-wing guerrillas in Montevideo on Friday (8 January). Yesterday (Sunday) his wife Patricia left by air for home, arriving in London this morning (Monday).
As the Uruguayan authorities moved today to give police wide new powers of search and arrest, the Kidnappers broke their silence for the first time since Mr Jackson was pulled from his car after his guard had been clubbed unconscious.
A message from the Tupamaros guerrilla organisation said Mr Jackson was in perfect health, adding that two other hostages held for the past five months are also well.
The guerrillas did not say anything about releasing the 55-year-old Ambassador but they repeated an earlier offer to exchange one of the other hostages, Dr Claude Fly, a United States agronomist, if local newspapers published a Tupamaro political manifesto.
President Jorge Pacheco Areco, who has repeatedly refused to negotiate in any way with the Tupamaros, said two months ago that the Government would not prevent publication. But all except one of the newspapers refused to publish the manifesto since this would have contravened security laws.
On August 10 the Tupamaros murdered a U.S. Aid official, Daniel Mitrione, after the Uruguay Government turned down demands for the release of political prisoners.
The British Embassy in Montevideo has denied that Britain has put pressure on the Uruguayan Government over Mr Jackson's abduction.
Mrs Patricia Jackson yesterday drove to the airport in the same official car in which her husband had been driving when he was Kidnapped. She did not make any statement and maintained her silence later when she arrived in Britain to stay with her 26-year-old son.