• Short Summary

    KIDNAPPED BANKER ENRIQUE DAO TOLD TONIGHT HOW FIVE MEN HELD HIM BLINDFOLDED FOR 24 DAYS ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN ABOUT 90 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE CAPITAL.

  • Description

    KIDNAPPED BANKER ENRIQUE DAO TOLD TONIGHT HOW FIVE MEN HELD HIM BLINDFOLDED FOR 24 DAYS ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN ABOUT 90 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE CAPITAL.

    THE 47-YEAR OLD VOCE PRESIDENT OF THE BANCO DEL CARIBE TOLD NEWSMEN THE MEN GAVE HIM MILK SPAGHETTI AND MAIZCAKES WHICH THEY COOKED IN THE OPEN.

    HE SLEPT IN A HAMACA - STRING-BAG- EACH NIGHT WITH ADHESIVE TAPE OVER HIS EYES AND STRAPPED INTO A STRAIGHTJACKET.

    WEARING DARK GLASSES AND WITH TEN KILOS WEIGHT LOST, THE BANKER SPOKE HOURS AFTER HE WALKED DOWN THE MOUNTAINS AND HAILED A BUS WHICH TOOK HIM TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CAPITAL.

    ON THE WAY HE STOPPED TO MAKE A PHONE CALL TO HIS FAMILY.

    FROM THE MINUTE I WAS FORCED OFF THE ROAD ON MY WAY TO WORK UNTIL THEY TOLD ME I COULD GO, MY KIDNAPPERS STAYED ANONYMOUS BECAUSE THEY STUCK ADHESIVE TAPE OVER MY EYES.

    THEY TOOK ME IN A CAR TO AN OUTER SUBURB THEN MADE ME LAY DOWN ON THE BACK OF A STATIO WAGON BLINDFOLDED. WE DROVE TO THE MOUNTAIN. THERE THEY TOOK THE BANDAGES OFF ONLY TWICE BUT WITH MY BACK TO THEM.

    THEY TREATED ME WELL BUT WE SPOKES LITTLE. A FEW DAYS AGO THEY TOLD ME ABOUT A SECOND KIDNAPPING. THEY FED ME AND AT NIGHT THEY PLACED ME INTO A JACKET WHICH THEY TIGHT BEHIND MY BACK, THEN I SLEPT IN A HAMACA.

    WE NEVER MOVED FROM THE MOUNTAINS IN THE 24 DAYS. SOMETIMES THERE WAS NOT MUCH FOOD, SOMETIMES I DIDN'T KNOW WETHER I WAS ALONE, SOMETIMES THEY TALKED, SOMETIMES THEY DIDN'T.

    I CANNOT SAY WHO THEY WERE - BUT THEY WERE CALM. THEY ALLOWED ME TO WRITE FIVE LETTERS TO MY FAMILY. I AM TIRED AND DIRTY I HAVEN'T HAD A BATH IN ALL THE TIME I WAS UP ON THAT MOUNTAIN+, THE BANKER SAID AT HIS HOME LOOKING GAUNT AND SPEAKING SLOWLY AND WITH GREAT EFFORT.

    HE CONTINUED: + LAST NIGHT THEY TOLD ME I WOULD BE FREE IN THE MORNING. AT DAWN THEY TOOK OFF THE BANDAGES AND THE ADHESIVE TAPE OVER MY EYES, GAVE ME SUNGLASSES AND POINTED ME DOWNHILL.

    ++I WALKED AND WALKED UNTIL I CAME TO THE ROAD THEN I HAILED BUS AND MADE THE DRIVER STOP AT A ROADSIDE WAREHOUSE TO RING MY FAMILY - THE REST YOU KNOW+, SR DAO, FATHER OF FOUR CHILDREN SAID.

    THE BANKER RETURNED TO HIS HOME HE HAD LEFT 24 DAYS AGO WITH THE SAME CLOTHING HE WORE THEN. FATIGUED HE HAD TO BE ASSISTED FROM TALKS WITH JOURNALISTS.

    AS HE LEFT HE ADDED+I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHO THEY WERE, MAYBE THEY WERE GUERRILLAS MAYBE NOT, I NEVER SAW THEM+.

    SR DAO'S BROTHER, ANIBAL DAO, A FORMER AMBASSADOR, PAID ONE THIRD OF THE 450,000 DOLLARS THE KIDNAPPERS ASKED FOR THE LIFE OF THE PROMINENT FINANCIER WHO IS ALSO A MEDICAL DOCTOR.

    THE KIDNAPPERS HAVE CLAIMED IN LETTERS TO HIS FAMILY THEY ARE A CELL OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FORCE - A GUERRILLA MOVEMENT OPERATING IN THE EAST OF THE COUNTRY.

    THE BANKER WAS TAKEN TO HIS HOME AFTER BEING QUESTIONED AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6YDN7QGYODUKM6AY94TNZOJ6O
    Media URN:
    VLVA6YDN7QGYODUKM6AY94TNZOJ6O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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