A light aircraft flying from Angola was hi-jacked gy a Portuguese Army deserter and a student on June 10.
A light aircraft flying from Angola was hi-jacked gy a Portuguese Army deserter and a student on June 10. They threatened the pilot with knives, and ordered him to fly them to Pointe Noire, in Congo Brazzaville. At Pointe Noire airport on Monday (June 14), they said that they had carried out their action because of their opposition to the colonial regime in Portuguese Angola.
Both born in Southern Angola, they asked for political asylum in Congo Brazzaville. They declared their intention to join the MPLA (Angola rebel movement) and fight for a free Angola.
The deserter is a Lieutenant, 24 year old Eduardo Rodrigo Rais. His companion is a 20 year old student, Rodrigo Sosa.
SYNOPSIS: A Piper Apache light aircraft flying from Angola was hi-jacked to Pointe Noire, in Congo-Brazzaville, on Thursday last week. A Portuguese Army deserter and a student, both Angolan-born, asked for political asylum in Congo Brazzaville. They said they wanted to join the Angola rebel organisation, MPLA, and fight to free Angola from Portuguese colonial rule.
The pilot, Portuguese Mr. Max Gerbad, had been threatened with knives by twenty-four-year-old Army Lieutenant Eduardo Rais and Rodrigo Sosa, a bearded, twenty-year-old student. They forced him to fly to Pointe Noire Airport, where they had a meeting on Monday with Mr. Soarez, the Angolan rebels, official representative in Congo Brazzaville, Sosa and Soarez are reported to have attended the same school in Angola, and Soarez himself hi-jacked an aircraft out of the country two years ago.