Visnews filmed Jan 14 the release of Messali Hadj, the 68-year-old leader of the Algerian nationalist organisation U.
Visnews filmed Jan 14 the release of Messali Hadj, the 68-year-old leader of the Algerian nationalist organisation U.N.A., from Belle Ile Fortress, off the French Atlantic Coast.
He has been a political prisoner of the French Government for the past three years.
Hadj was released under the amnesty announced by General de Gaulle on Jan 13. Allowed to travel freely in France, he will not be permitted to return to Algeria.
The amnesty marked the beginning of General de Gaulle's seven years as President of the Fifth Republic. It includes Frenchmen serving prison sentences for collaborating with the Germans during World War 11, common criminals, and some 7,000 Muslim suspects in Algerian internment camps. The death sentences of 200 convicted Algerian terrorists were commuted to hard labour for life.
Ahmed Ben Bella and other leaders of the second Algerian Nationalist Organisation F.L.N. who were arrested in 1956, will be moved from a prison near Paris and placed in a fortress where they will be given preferential treatment.