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    COUNTESS HELENE VON SPRETI, THE WIFE OF THE MURDERED WEST GERMAN AMBASSADOR TO GUATEMALA, ARRIVED IN GUATEMALA CITY ON SUNDAY NIGHT (5 APRIL) AT ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME MINUTE HER HUSBAND WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SHOT BY HIS LEFT-WING KIDNAPPERS.

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    COUNTESS HELENE VON SPRETI, THE WIFE OF THE MURDERED WEST GERMAN AMBASSADOR TO GUATEMALA, ARRIVED IN GUATEMALA CITY ON SUNDAY NIGHT (5 APRIL) AT ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME MINUTE HER HUSBAND WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SHOT BY HIS LEFT-WING KIDNAPPERS. THE COUNTESS, WHO ARRIVED BY AIR FROM AN AFRICAN CRUISE, WAS ACCOMPANIED BY AN 11-YEAR-OLD SON, ALEXANDER, ONE OF THREE CHILDREN.

    SIXTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD COUNT KARL VON SPRETI WAS SHOT ON SUNDAY NIGHT FIVE DAYS AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED BY LEFTWING REBELS AND HELD TO RANSOM FOR 700,000 DOLLARS (GBP 290,000 STERLING) AND THE RELEASE OF TWENTY-FIVE POLITICAL PRISONERS - A RANSOM THE GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO YIELD.

    COUNTESS VON SPRETI LEFT A SMALL PRIVATE FUNERAL HOME WHERE HER HUSBAND'S BODY LAY, ON MONDAY (6 APRIL), WHEN SHE HEARD GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT JULIO CESAR MONTENEGRO WAS ON HIS WAY TO EXPRESS HIS PERSONAL CONDOLENCES. THE BODY REMAINED THROUGHOUT THE FOLLOWING DAY AT THE FUNERAL PARLOUR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2K8AHR58R4SYEFACWO2XW33Y3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2K8AHR58R4SYEFACWO2XW33Y3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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