Ronald Biggs, the mastermind of the Great Train Robbery in Britain in 1963 says he wants to remain in Brazil for the rest of his life.
SV: Ronald Biggs on balcony looking out
GV PAN: View from balcony
SV ZOOM IN: Biggs being asked questions by reporter and answering.
TRANSCRIPTS: ARDEN: "Well, Ron, you've been a free man now for 15 years. What sort of freedom is it exactly?"
BIGGS: "It's like a half-and-half freedom really I suppose. I still have the same restrictions imposed upon me now which I had when I was released from Bolivia 6 years ago. I'm still not allowed to work, I'm not allowed to get married. I'm still no allowed to go to bars and night-clubs and things like that. But it doesn't affect me too much, because I lead my life her and do my thing, and the fact that I can't leave Rio, that I don't go out at night and the fact that I can't get married, it doesn't really worry me too much, it doesn't really affect me."
ARDEN: "Do you have any notions about going back to England or is that really out of the question?"
BIGGS: "I don't have any intentions to return to England. I would go back if I could return as a free person. There's been talk about me doing deals and so forty, going back to England and spending a certain amount of time in prison, but I wouldn't do anything like that. I would only go back if I knew I could go back their for a holiday to see again the people I know and the places I remember, but to be allowed to return to Brazil again. The money from the train robbery was all finished a long, long time ago. I think that true with everyone who was involved in the train robbery. I don't think anybody can show any money now. It was long time ago, it was 17 years ago, and two-and-a-half million pounds would have dispersed easily within that time."
ARDEN: "Your former wife is still living in Australia with your children. Do you have much contact with them?"
BIGGS: "I have less contact with my former wife and children than I would like to, I don't write to them frequently enough. In fact I haven't written now for more than a year. But I do intend to write to them very soon."
ARDEN: "Do you think you'll see them again?"
BIGGS: "Yes I'm sure I'll see them again, very soon, probably this year."
ARDEN: "Ron, what do you want more than anything else right now?"
BIGGS: "Well I'm quite content with the life-style I have. I don't want for too much. I'm quite modest in my requirements with regard to life. I have my life here in Brazil with the woman I live with, I have my son, and I certainly have the memory of my other children. I'm sure that I'll be together again with them sometime in the not too far distant future. My life is sort of complete rally, I don't want to go back to prison, because I say there is no point in me returning to prison,and I would just like to live her and end my life here in Brazil, I'd be quite happy to stay here in Brazil and finish my days her as it were."
REPORTER: JOHN ARDEN
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Background: Ronald Biggs, the mastermind of the Great Train Robbery in Britain in 1963 says he wants to remain in Brazil for the rest of his life. In an interview with Visnews's John Arden on Sunday (30 March) Mr. Biggs said he enjoyed what he called a "half-and-half" freedom in his exile Brazil, but -- he says -- he is content with his lifestyle in Rio, despite restrictions imposed on his movements by the Brazilian authorities. Ronald Biggs escaped British justice for his part in the spectacular train robbery in August 1963, but he never escaped the life of a fugitive.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Biggs has been living in Rio for 6 years as a relatively free man. Visnews's John Arden asked him about his life.