More than 100 Seychelles soldiers, said to have taken part in an abortive coup attempt last week, were paraded in army trucks through the streets of the capital, Victoria, on August 25.
1. LV Seychelles Bay 0.16
2. GV & SV Troops walking in street (2 shots) 0.12
3. GV Alleged coup plotters driven through street in army vehicles 0.30
4. SV & GV Captives in vehicle with stops at kerbside 0.36
5. GV & SV Convicted plotters form 1981 coup walk into building where they hold news conference; Mike Hoare speaks (3 shots) 1.13
6. GV Convicted plotters leave news conference 1.22
7. GV People in Victoria street 1.27
8. GVs Seychelles native islanders near beach; washing clothes in river (2 shots) 1.34
9. GV & PAN Luxury hotel swimming pool, and local beach with holiday makers (2 shots) 1.42
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NEWSMAN: "They did provide you with an opportunity to leave your cell if you wanted to?"
BERNARD CAREY: "Oh yes, they said, 'We'd release you'."
MIKE HOARE: "When we proved our bona fidas we were trusted. We'd been put together in a single cell -- no problems. The guards were very nice. None of our doors were locked."
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Background: VICTORIA, SEYCHELLES
More than 100 Seychelles soldiers, said to have taken part in an abortive coup attempt last week, were paraded in army trucks through the streets of the capital, Victoria, on August 25. Army sources believe that only two or three mutineers escaped when loyal troops stormed the national radio station, which the rebels had taken over. The insurgents had demanded that certain high-ranking army officers be dismissed, but pledged their allegiance to President Albert Rene. Army officers said the interrogation of the captured rebel soldiers and a handful of civilians sympathetic to them, was continuing. Four foreign mercenaries under sentence of death told a news conference they had refused to join in the coup and hoped their refusal to aid the rebels would prompt the government to treat them favourably. The men were sentenced to hang for their part in last year's foiled mercenary coup. Life has now returned to normal on these popular tourist islands, with no reports of violence since the nightly curfew was lifted on August 22.
Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON