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    Rebel Rhodesian Bishop Donal Lamont, sentenced to ten years imprisonment with labour on Friday (1 October) for failing to report the presence of guerrilla at his mission near the Mozambique border, says he did not expect any mercy.

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    Rebel Rhodesian Bishop Donal Lamont, sentenced to ten years imprisonment with labour on Friday (1 October) for failing to report the presence of guerrilla at his mission near the Mozambique border, says he did not expect any mercy.

    SYNOPSIS: The 65 year-old Roman Catholic Bishop pleaded guilty to four charges, including inciting nuns not to report guerrillas. The Irish-born church leader is the Bishop of Umtali, on the Mozambique border. A well known critic of the government's race policies, he immediately said he would appeal. He was released on bail pending an appeal. The charges referred to a series of visits by guerrillas to one of the missions near the border run by the Bishop. Nuns reported the visits to the Bishop, who told them not to advise the authorities. He told the court he could not reconcile his Christian principles with the government's racial policies. 'I have pleaded guilty to the charges because I had no alternative,' he said. 'The good of the church had to be preserved at all costs, along with the lives of innocent villagers and the mission staff,' the court heard in a 33,000-word statement. Afterwards, he told newsmen he had not expected mercy.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6S3AXUZPLPNXR9T99Q615WI7R
    Media URN:
    VLVA6S3AXUZPLPNXR9T99Q615WI7R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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