• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLICE YESTERDAY HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT SAIGON AT WHICH THEY INTRODUCED A GROUP OF INTELLECTUALS ACCUSED OF HAVING LINKS WITH VIET CONG AGENTS INFILTRATING SAIGON GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL CIRCLES.

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLICE YESTERDAY HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT SAIGON AT WHICH THEY INTRODUCED A GROUP OF INTELLECTUALS ACCUSED OF HAVING LINKS WITH VIET CONG AGENTS INFILTRATING SAIGON GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL CIRCLES. MINITIONS CAPTURED DURING RAID IN THE CITY WERE ALSO DISPLAYED.

    THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SAIGON'S SPECIAL POLICE, MAJOR NGUYEN MAO TOLD THE PRESS THAT THE COMMUNIST CELL CONTAINED LEADING MEMBERS OF SOCIALTY ABLE TO MIX WITH SAIGON INTELLECTUALS AND OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM THEM. THE TWENTY-SIX SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED AS A RESULT OF THE CELL'S ACTIVITIES, THE MAJOR SAID.

    THREE ALLEGED MEMBERS OF THE CELL WERE PRESENT INCLUDING VIET CONG CAPTAIN TRAN NGOC HEIN, A DOCTOR OF ECONOMICS. THE MOST PROMINENT OF THE INTELLECTUALS ARRESTED WAS MR NGUYEN LAU, PUBLISHERS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SAIGON DAILY NEWS. MR LAU, WHO STUDIED AT OXFORD AND LINCOLN'S INN IN LONDON, READ FROM NOTES AS HE TOLD THE JOURNALISTS THAT 'FROM A LEGAL POINT OF VIEW, I NOW RECOGNISE THAT WHAT I HAVE DONE WAS WRONG'. HE ADMITTED THAT HE HAD FAILED TO DENOUNCE A FRIEND OF LONG STANDING WHOM HE KNEW TO BE A VIET CONG AGENT.

    NO MENTION WAS MADE AT THE CONFERENCE, PRESIDED OVER BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE SAIGON POLICE AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL POLICE OF ANY CHARGES BEING MADE AGAINST THE ARRESTED MEN.

    MAJOR MAO EXHIBITED RIFLES, AMMUNITION BOXES, BLOCKS OF TNT AND A THICK DICTIONARY WITH PAGES CUT OUT TO HIDE TWO GRENADES THAT HAD BEEN DISCOVERED IN POLICE RAIDS. HE THEN INTRODUCED THE ALLEGED MEMBERS OF A VIET CONG ASSAULT UNIT INVOLVED IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON GENERAL NGUYEN VAN KIEM AND PRIME MINISTER TRAN VAN HOONG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3D92INZWHMFG0Y5V53AG4BOZD
    Media URN:
    VLVA3D92INZWHMFG0Y5V53AG4BOZD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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