• Short Summary

    MR. LUTZ HEROLD, A 43-YEAR-OLD WEST GERMAN JOURNALIST, WAS SENTENCED IN GHANA ON TUESDAY TO?

  • Description

    MR. LUTZ HEROLD, A 43-YEAR-OLD WEST GERMAN JOURNALIST, WAS SENTENCED IN GHANA ON TUESDAY TO 40 YEARS IN JAIL. HE HAD BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF "MISPRISION OF TREASON" - A LEGAL TERM WHICH MEANS HE WAS ACCUSED OF KNOWING OF A PLOT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA BUT MADE NO EFFORT TO TELL THE AUTHORITIES OF IT.

    THE JOURNALIST PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGE. HE DID PLEAD GUILTY TO ANOTHER CHARGE - THAT OF BRINGING FIVE POUNDS OF GHANAIAN CURRENCY INTO THE COUNTRY ABOVE THE AMOUNT ALLOWED. FOR THIS HE WAS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN JAIL. THIS SENTENCE, AND ANOTHER 10 YEARS FOR CONSPIRACY TO CARRY OUT A SEDITIOUS ENTERPRISE WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY WITH THE MAIN SENTENCE.

    MR. HEROLD WAS ARRESTED WEN HE ENTERED GHANA LAST MONTH TO COVER THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY SUMMIT CONFERENCE FOR A GERMAN MAGAZINE. HE WAS ACCUSED OF FAILING TO REPORT PLOTS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT BEING PREPARED BY TWO GHANAIANS IN EXILE - DR. K.A. BUSIA AND MR. O.K. RICHARDSON.

    DURING THE TRIAL MR. HEROLD DENIED HE WAS IN SYMPATHY WITH DR. BUSIA. HE SAID HE KNEW FROM HIS ASSOCIATION WITH THEM THAT DR. BUSIA'S EXILED UNITED PARTY WAS PREPARING TO COME INTO POWER IN GHANA BUT NEEDED GBP300,000 STERLING. HE ADDED THAT HE WAS TOLD THEY HAD RECRUITED MEN FROM NEIGHBOURING STATES WHICH HE (MR. HEROLD) GUESSED WERE IVORY COAST, UPPER VOLTA, CHAD, GABON AND NIGER.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2NEYVYC2JUZ6V2K57SCHC8V7W
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NEYVYC2JUZ6V2K57SCHC8V7W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment