• Short Summary

    TWO FORMER PRIME MINISTERS, OPPONENTS OF THE GREEK ARMY-BACKED GOVERNMENT, WERE TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED FROM FIVE MONTHS OF HOUSE ARREST.

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    TWO FORMER PRIME MINISTERS, OPPONENTS OF THE GREEK ARMY-BACKED GOVERNMENT, WERE TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED FROM FIVE MONTHS OF HOUSE ARREST. THEY ARE GEORGE PAPANDREOU, 80, AND PANAYOTIS KANELLOPOULOS, 65, BOTH OF WHOM DECLINED TO MAKE ANY POLITICAL STATEMENTS.

    THE TWO MEN WERE RELEASED UNDER AN AMNESTY ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK BY PRIME MINISTER GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, THE MAN WHO PLANNED THE APRIL 1967 MILITARY TAKEOVER OF THE COUNTRY. THEY HAD BEEN PLACED UNDER HOUSE ARREST FOR THE SECOND TIME LAST APRIL 15 FOR MAKING STATEMENTS AGAINST THE PRESENT REGIME.

    PRIME MINISTER PAPADOPOULOS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE FREEING OF THE TWO POLITICIANS UNDER THE AMNESTY WAS CONDITIONAL ON THEIR KEEPING QUIET. HE SAID HE HOPED NEITHER OF THEM WOULD MAKE ANY OTHER "FALSE MOVES" WHICH WOULD FORCE HIM TO PUT THEM AWAY AGAIN.

    ALSO RELEASED TODAY WERE FIVE OTHER FORMER LEADING GREEK POLITICIANS WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED TO REMOTE ISLANDS OR VILLAGES. PRIME MINISTER PAPADOPOULOS MADE IT CLEAR WHEN HE ANNOUNCED THE AMNESTY THAT IT WOULD NOT APPLY TO 2,400 COMMUNISTS OF LEFT-WINGERS HELD ON AEGEAN ISLANDS, OR TO ARMY OFFICERS ARRESTED AFTER KING CONSTANTINE'S ABORTIVE COUP LAST DECEMBER.

    TODAY, MR PAPANDREOU, LOOKING FIT AND HAPPY, APPEARED BRIEFLY ON THE BALCONY OF HIS VILLA AT CASTRI OUTSIDE ATHENS, WAVING TO PHOTOGRAPHERS AND NEWSMEN BUT REFUSING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, MR KANELLOPOULOS, AFTER FIRST REFUSING TO TALK WITH NEWSMEN, LATER TOLD NEWSMEN THERE WERE NO CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO HIS RELEASE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA709UR953SL4IJLL18D408RNKC
    Media URN:
    VLVA709UR953SL4IJLL18D408RNKC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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