• Short Summary

    In Cyprus a government spokesman said on Monday (18 September) that three more prisoners in Nicosia's central prison have joined those who seized hostages in a break-out on Saturday (16 September)
    SYNOPSIS: Following the attempt a huge security cordon of national guardsmen with armoured cars and machine gums was thrown around the prison, blocking all roads into the area.

  • Description

    In Cyprus a government spokesman said on Monday (18 September) that three more prisoners in Nicosia's central prison have joined those who seized hostages in a break-out on Saturday (16 September)
    SYNOPSIS: Following the attempt a huge security cordon of national guardsmen with armoured cars and machine gums was thrown around the prison, blocking all roads into the area. Later police identified the ringleader as Vassos Pavlides -- also know as Yatros -- who masterminded last year's kidnapping of Cyprus President Spyros Kyprianou's son Achilleas.

    The Government says Pavlides tried to escape with five other convicts after receiving a pistol smuggled into the prison by his fiancee. Her brother, Christodoulou Neocleous, is among the prisoners holding the hostages.

    The prisoners are reported to be supporters of the extreme right-wing organisation "Eoka B". On Monday fresh attempts were being made to persuade them to surrender and President Kyprianou said that he would not bow to their demands to be allowed to leave Cyprus. Official sources said that they have been refused food and cigarettes but have been given water--and the government has warned that anyone acting suspiciously inside or outside the prison would be shot.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB5PZHRAQUKEAUETUO721W4883
    Media URN:
    VLVAB5PZHRAQUKEAUETUO721W4883
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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