Mrs. Ruth Tshombe, wife of the former Congolese Prime Minister, has failed in her attempt?
Mrs. Tshombe leaves Paris hotel; down street; out of solicitor's office; Nina di Mambro off plane; talking to newsman (SOF).
MISS DI MAMBRO: "I had idea he had been kidnapped until the police arrived, on the Saturday morning at 2 a.m. and to ask me if I knew he had gone."
REPORTER: "Did you think they suspected that you did know something about it?"
MISS DI MAMBRO: "Well, I think in the beginning, in the first few minutes. They asked me if I knew where Mr. Tshombe had gone and they soon realised that I in fact didn't know."
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Background: Mrs. Ruth Tshombe, wife of the former Congolese Prime Minister, has failed in her attempt to persuade two African presidents to try to save her husband from extradition from Algeria and possible execution in Congo-Kinshasa. And his secretary told in London today (Monday) of a 2 a.m. call at her hotel bedroom by Spanish security police after the kidnapping.
Mrs. Tshombe flew to Paris on Saturday hoping to make a personal appeal to President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast and President Leopold Senghor of Senegal, both of whom were visiting France. But she was able to see neither.
In Washington, an American lawyer acting for Mrs. Tshombe has announced that he planned to present a writ to the United Nations on Thursday seeking M. Tshombe's release.
Miss Nina di Mambro, aged 27, returned to London today from Spain where she was kept for 23 days so police could question her about the kidnapping.
Miss di Mambro, who lives in Bristol, western England, was asked by newsmen what she knew about the kidnapping.