Three Americans from among the eighty hostages at the United States Embassy in Teheran were freed on Monday (19 November) by their Moslem student captors and ten more were expected to be released shortly.
Three Americans from among the eighty hostages at the United States Embassy in Teheran were freed on Monday (19 November) by their Moslem student captors and ten more were expected to be released shortly. But some of the hostages still being held, could face trial on espionage charges. U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, said on Monday (19 November) that as far as the United States government is concerned Iran would be flagrantly violating human rights, religious precepts and international law if it puts American hostages on trial for espionage.
SYNOPSIS: A few hours after the first hostages landed in Frankfurt, ten more Americans were presented to newsmen at the occupied United States Embassy in Teheran. Like the three already at the military hospital in the West German city, the hostages were blacks and women who had been cleared of spy charges by the students. The six black men assembled beneath a banner which denounced their President, Jimmy Carter. The blacks were released, according to their captors, because blacks are oppressed in the United States.
They were later joined by four women. Apparently the two groups had not seen each other since students stormed the Embassy on the fourth of November. The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called on the Moslem students to release female and black hostages. But the United States is still insisting on the release of all the hostages without preconditions and was accused the Iranians of trying to split Americans based on race or sex.
The three hostages who were released on Monday (19 November), -- embassy secretary, Kathy Gross, and Marine Sergeants Ladell Maples and William Quarles, arrived in Copenhagen and were immediately transferred to a U.S. military plane which took them to Frankfurt. The three told reporters in Teheran that they were glad to be free, but had developed sympathy for the cause of the students. And Sergeant Quarles said he thought the United States should send the ex-Shah back to Iran as soon as possible.
The three were flown to West Germany to have medical tests at a U.S. base. Officials in Washington said they would be flown home after the examinations were completed. All of them stressed they had been well-treated throughout their captivity and that the Islamic students had impressed them with their sincerity. Meanwhile, ten more hostages awaited news of their imminent departure from Iran.