• Short Summary

    Chad's new military rulers released 172 political detainees from jail on Monday (28 April).

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    Chad's new military rulers released 172 political detainees from jail on Monday (28 April).

    The leader of the ruling Superior Military Council, General Felix Malloum, was outside the prison to greet the prisoners as they came out.

    General Malloum, who was himself imprisoned under the Tombalbaye regime, said there could be no further hate or vengeance in Chad.

    "Ngarta Tombalbaye alone is responsible for all our ills. His family, and much less his tribe, must not carry the cost," he added.

    More than 100,000 persons turned out to cheer and greet the prisoners, many of whom were members of the National Liberation Front (FROLIANT), which has been carrying out a guerrilla war in the north of the country for several years.

    A spokesman for the council told the crowd that 37 political prisoners died in prison and a further 35 had disappeared.

    Among those released were a Nigerian businessman and M. Gregoire Biket, a Cameroun citizen who was formerly head of Chad National Radio.

    The Military Council said M. Biket would be expelled from the country immediately.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAADY0YVXOGBN76YKIYCTJSODOU
    Media URN:
    VLVAADY0YVXOGBN76YKIYCTJSODOU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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