American Black Nationalist leader Mr. Eldridge Cleaver, who fled the United States last November when?
American Black Nationalist leader Mr. Eldridge Cleaver, who fled the United States last November when a warrant was issued for his arrest, has given a news conference in Algiers, where he arrived several days ago. He told newsmen at the conference yesterday (Thursday) that he was willing to return home to America and stand trial, but not to be jailed without trial.
Cleaver, aged 33, is in Algeria, reportedly as a guest of the Government, with his 24-year-old wife Kathleen. He told newsmen his main concern was for her. She is expecting their first baby early next month.
Cleaver, wearing a gold-embroidered black shirt, said he had travelled in eight countries since he left the United States.
A warrant had been issued for his arrest for alleged parole violation. Cleaver had also been Minister of Information for the Black Panther movement.
During his stay in Algeria, he will attend the first Panafrican Cultural Festival -- from next Monday (21 July) to 1 August. Other guests will be Mr. Bobby Seale, President of the Black Panther Party, and Mr. Stokely Carmichael, who resigned earlier this month as party honourary Prime Minister.