Canadian police have mounted a full-scale investigation into the kidnapping of Mr. James Richard Cross,?
CU (STILL) James Cross
GV TILT UP.. the Cross home
SV Policemen escorts woman into house
SV Detective mounts steps
SV Police officers down steps (2 shots)
CU Mitchell Sharp speaks
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 8: MR. SHARP: "One thing is quite clear, and that is if there was any strong support for the cause of separatism, this incident has dealt them a very serious blow. To have separatists who are prepared to resort to measures like this certainly puts the cause of separatism in a rather different category to what it was before. I don't think anyone would object to those who advocate any political action by constitutional means, but when criminals involve innocent diplomats in this way then one doubts what their purposes are."
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Background: Canadian police have mounted a full-scale investigation into the kidnapping of Mr. James Richard Cross, the senior British trade commissioner in Montreal, form his home yesterday (October 5).
Mr. Cross kidnapped by members of the Quebec Liberation Front who demanded 500,000 Canadian dollars (GBP208,000) in gold, the release of 12 jailed separatists, and safe passage to Cuba.
According to police, four men delivered a parcel which they said was a birthday present for Mr. Cross. The maid who answered the door was forced into mr. Cross's bedroom where he was asleep. They ordered him to dress, handcuffed him, and forced him into a taxi, whose driver was being held at gunpoint.
Later his wife Brabara, received a telephone call about the abduction.
The incident was deplored by the Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Sharp.