• Short Summary

    BRAZILIAN GUERILLAS ON SUNDAY (MARCH 15) RELEASED JAPANESE CONSUL NUBUO OKUCHI, KIDNAPPED LAST WEEK AND HELD FOR RANSOM TO OBTAIN FREEDOM FOR FIVE POLITICAL PRISONERS.

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    BRAZILIAN GUERILLAS ON SUNDAY (MARCH 15) RELEASED JAPANESE CONSUL NUBUO OKUCHI, KIDNAPPED LAST WEEK AND HELD FOR RANSOM TO OBTAIN FREEDOM FOR FIVE POLITICAL PRISONERS. MR. OKUCHI, WHO IS 56, RETURNED TO HIS HOME IN SAO PAULO APPARENTLY IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION.

    MR. OKUCHI'S FREEDOM CAME WITH THE RELEASE OF THE FIVE PRISONERS - THREE ADMITTED MEMBERS OF BRAZILIAN GUERILLA GROUPS, THE MOTHER SUPERIOR OF A FRANCISCAN ORPHANAGE ACCUSED OF HARBOURING REBELS, AND THE WIDOW OF A SAO PAULO GUERILLA. ALL FIVE WERE SET FREE IN MEXICO CITY.

    FOLLOWING A WARNING BY THE KIDNAPPERS FOR POLICE TO KEEP OFF THE STREETS OF THE CITY, MR. OKUCHI WAS RELEASED IN A SIDE ROAD, AND TOOK A TAXI HOME. HE GAVE A CHEERY WAVE TO THE HUGE CROWD OF ONLOOKERS, PRESS AND POLICE CRUSHING AROUND THE GATES OF HIS HOUSE.

    AS SOON AS THE DIPLOMAT RETURNED HOME, 5,000 BRAZILIAN POLICE IMMEDIATELY LAUNCHED A MASSIVE HUNT FOR HIS KIDNAPPERS. ROAD BLOCKS WERE SET UP ON ALL MAJOR ROUTES OUT OF SAO PAULO, AND SPECIAL SQUADS STARTED SEARCHING FOR GUERILLA HIDE-OUTS.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE JAPANESE CONSULATE SAID THAT MR. OKUCHI WAS THOROUGHLY EXHAUSTED, BUT HAD CONFERRED WITH A GROUP OF POLICE INSPECTORS - AND WOULD GIVE A FULL PRESS CONFERENCE ONCE HE WAS RESTED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA53ZZYUTSIM24G7QBVH8LK30BZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA53ZZYUTSIM24G7QBVH8LK30BZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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