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    Visnews cameraman William Mutschmann said in London on Tuesday (16 October), following his release from jail in Angola, that he had seen large quantities of Soviet weapons and aircraft in Luanda, the capital of the civil-war-torn former Portuguese colony.

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    Visnews cameraman William Mutschmann said in London on Tuesday (16 October), following his release from jail in Angola, that he had seen large quantities of Soviet weapons and aircraft in Luanda, the capital of the civil-war-torn former Portuguese colony.

    In an interview with Visnews Africa Editor, William Ward, Mr. Mutschmann said his captors and all other troops he had seen in Luanda were armed with Soviet arms -- including rocket launchers and the A-K 47 automatic rifle.

    Mr. Mutschmann said that from the window on one make-shift jail where he was held for 18 days, he watched about 15 aircraft a day arrive and depart. Many of them with Soviet airline "Aeroflot" markings on them. Although he could not identify the types of aircraft, he said that they were large cargo carrying 'planes.

    Mr. Mutschmann, a cameraman-journalist, based in Salisbury, Rhodesia, was on assignment in Angola for CBS of America. He was arrested by soldiers of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Angola -- the M.P.L.A. This is one of three rival factions, fighting for the control of Angola. Also arrested was another CBS correspondent, Don Webster, normally based in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Both men were detained shortly after independence on November 11, and placed in separate cells in what had formerly been a school. They were released last week, after three weeks of interrogation in two prisons, and charges alleging they were C.I.A. agents and filing "subversive" material from Angola, were dropped. The two men denied the charges.

    During his stay in the "school" jail, 50-year old U.S. born Mr. Mutschmann said that conditions were bad with no toilet facilities and "half edible" food. Beatings by guards were part of the daily routine against black prisoners. There were also four or five white Angolans in his cell which he dubbed the "Black Hole".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3I0KV17JAXS3HXBZN14L0AWFU
    Media URN:
    VLVA3I0KV17JAXS3HXBZN14L0AWFU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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