• Short Summary

    THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT IN LEOPOLDVILLE HAS CAPTURED WHAT IT CLAIMS TO BE A "SPY" FROM THE NEIGHBOURING CONGO REPUBLIC (BRAZZAVILLE).

  • Description

    THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT IN LEOPOLDVILLE HAS CAPTURED WHAT IT CLAIMS TO BE A "SPY" FROM THE NEIGHBOURING CONGO REPUBLIC (BRAZZAVILLE). THE MAN -- EUGENE BIKUMU, A FORMER COMMANDER OF GENDARMERIE BRIGADE -- MADE A STATEMENT TO REPORTERS IN LEOPOLDVILLE YESTERDAY (SATURDAY).

    BIKUMU, WHO IS 30, HAS CAPTURED BY LEOPOLDVILLE GOVERNMENT FORCES RECENTLY AS HE CROSSED THE FRONTIER BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES NORTH-WEST OF LEOPOLDVILLE.

    THIS IS THE STATEMENT HE MADE -- AS TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH TRANSCRIPTION TAKEN BY THE VISNEWS CAMERAMAN: --
    "GENTLEMEN, I AM NOT A VOLUNTEER. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I WAS REJECTED FROM NATIONAL SERVICE BECAUSE OF AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH MY LEGS WAS FRACTURED. I HAD TO ACCEPT THE SPYING MISSION IN THE CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE) UNDER THREAT OF DEATH. I HAD NO CHOICE. MONSIEUR MASSEMBA-DEBAT HIMSELF, THAT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONGO REPUBLIC (BRAZZAVILLE), CAME TO MY HOUSE IN HIS PYJAMAS AT FOUR O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING TOGETHER WITH TWO OFFICERS TO ENTRUST ME WITH THIS SPYING MISSION. I WAS OBLIGED TO GO TO LEOPOLDVILLE AND TO ACT AS THOUGH I WAS LOST CHILD IN ORDER TO REPORT TO MY GOVERNMENT EVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN THE CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE), IN PARTICULAR THE MILITARY POSITIONS."
    BIKUMU IS NOW BEING HELD IN A LEOPOLDVILLE PRISON ON ESPIONAGE CHARGES.

    (MEANWHILE, THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, WHICH HAS BEEN DEBATING THE CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE), TOMORROW (MONDAY) IS EXPECTED TO ENDORSE A REQUEST TO ALL STATES "TO REFRAIN OR DESIST FROM INTERVIEWING IN THE DOMESTIC AFFAIRS OF THE CONGO.")

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6RACVUWARJI11GXY17ZKSA0ES
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RACVUWARJI11GXY17ZKSA0ES
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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