• Short Summary

    THE REMNANTS OF COLONEL BLACK JACK' SCHRAMME'S CONGO MERCENARY ARMY ARRIVED BACK IN EUROPE TODAY (THURSDAY), PENNILESS AND WITHOUT PASSPORTS, AFTER AN INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS OPERATION FREED THEM FROM DETENTION IN RWANDA.

  • Description

    THE REMNANTS OF COLONEL BLACK JACK' SCHRAMME'S CONGO MERCENARY ARMY ARRIVED BACK IN EUROPE TODAY (THURSDAY), PENNILESS AND WITHOUT PASSPORTS, AFTER AN INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS OPERATION FREED THEM FROM DETENTION IN RWANDA.

    A GROUP OF 36 OF THE MERCENARIES FLEW INTO ORLY AIRPORT IN PARIS AT DAWN ABOARD A CHARTERED AIRCRAFT. A SECOND GROUP LANDED AT LIEGE IN BELGIUM
    IN PARIS THEY SPLIT UP. FOUR BRITONS HEADING FOR LONDON, WHILE THE AIRCRAFT FLEW ONTO ZURICH CARRYING FOUR SOUTH AFRICANS AND A SWISS. AT LIEGE OFFICIALS SAID THE GROUP THAT LANDED THERE INCLUDED 53 BELGIANS TWO SPANIARDS AND SIX PORTUGUESE, AS WELL AS 11 WOMEN AND 11 CHILDREN.

    THE MERCENARIES, WHO SAID THEY HADN'T BEEN PAID FOR A YEAR, HAD SPENT ALMOST SIX MONTHS IN DETENTION AFTER BEING DRIVEN ACROSS THE BORDER INTO BRANDA BY THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY.

    THE LEADER OF THE 25 FRENCH MERCENARIES WHO LANDED AT ORLY, COMMANDANT GILBERT MARTIN, WHO WAS ALSO COLONEL SCHRAMME'S DEPUTY, TOLD REPORTERS THAT 81 MERCENARIES HAD DIED DURING THEIR REVOLT AGAINST GENERAL MOBUTU'S GOVERNMENT AND THAT ANOTHER 31 WERE EXECUTED IN KINSHASA LAST JULY.

    THE AUTHORITIES GAVE THE FRENCHMEN TEMPORARY IDENTITY PAPERS AND ALLOWED THEM TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES.

    BUT IM FRANKFURT, A SWASHBUCKLING SOLDIER OF FORTUNE BURST INTO TEARS AS POLICE ARRESTED HIM WHEN HE ARRIVED. HE WAS WANTED FOR FAILING TO REPORT TO SERVE A JAIL SENTENCE SIX YEARS AGO, AND WAS ALSO THE SUBJECT OF A FRAUD INVESTIGATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HVY43CMY158BQCFY4BMD6JXB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HVY43CMY158BQCFY4BMD6JXB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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