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    GHANA'S NEW MILITARY LEADERS HAVE GIVEN THEIR FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE THEY OVERTHREW DR. KWAME?

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    GHANA'S NEW MILITARY LEADERS HAVE GIVEN THEIR FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE THEY OVERTHREW DR. KWAME NKRUMAH IN A DAWN COUP LAST WEEK.

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL, FORMED BY THE ARMY AND POLICE LEADERS WHO CARRIED OUT THE COUP, IS LIEUTENANT-GENERAL JOSEPH ANKRAH. WITH HIM AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE MAJOR-GENERAL KOTOKA, COMMANDER OF THE ARMY, AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR YAKUBU.

    ANOTHER "PLOTTER" AT THE ACCRA PRESS CONFERENCE WAS MR DANIEL AMIHYIA, WHO HAD FLOWN TO ACCRA FROM LONDON SOON AFTER THE COUP. BUT BEFORE HE LEFT HE APPEARED ON TELEVISION IN BRITAIN TO CLAIM THAT HE HAD CONTROLLED THE PLANNING FOR THE COUP FROM HIS LONDON HOME.

    IN ACCRA, HE APPEARED AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE UNDER ARMED GUARD. GENERAL ANKRAH MADE HIM STAND ON A CHAIR, WITH GUARDS COVERING HIM WITH THEIR GUNS. THE GENERAL ANGRILY TOLD REPORTERS: "NONE OF US KNOW HIM. HE IS A CRIMINAL WANTED IN GHANA. WE WILL PUT HIM IN A COLD ICE CHEST." AS AMIHYIA TRIED TO EXPLAIN THAT HE THOUGHT THE COUP WAS ONE HE HAD BEEN PLANNING FROM LONDON, GENERAL ANKRAH INTERRUPTED HIM SEVERAL TIMES, AND GENERAL KOTOKA CALLED HIM A CHARLATAN. AFTER THE CONFERENCE HE WAS TAKEN AWAY BY AN ARMED GUARD.

    GENERAL ANKRAH ALSO TOLD THE CONFERENCE THAT DR NKRUMAH WOULD BE PUT ON TRIAL IF HE RETURNED TO GHANA. THE DEPOSED LEADER IS NOW IN MOSCOW, AND GENERAL ANKRAH SAID THAT IN DUE COURSE ANY COUNTRY THAT SHELTERED HIM WOULD BE ASKED FOR HIS EXTRADICTION. THE GENERAL SAID THAT HE DID NOT WANT ANY BLOODSHED, AND ADDED THAT DR NKRUMAH WOULD BE PUT ON TRIAL "FOR WHAT HAS HE DONE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7E12ESJI2ZYF9CPO331N0YAG9
    Media URN:
    VLVA7E12ESJI2ZYF9CPO331N0YAG9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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