British businessman Mr. Ronald Grove, the 64-year-old managing director of a British meat-packing firm in?
GV EXT British Embassy building, Buenos Aires (2 shots)
CU Sign "British Embassy"
SV INT Newsmen watch Ronald Grove walk into news conference and sit down
CU Newsmen taking notes
SV Grove speaking in Spanish ZOOM IN TO CU Ditto
Initials BB/0158 WLW/PN/BB/0210
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Background: British businessman Mr. Ronald Grove, the 64-year-old managing director of a British meat-packing firm in Argentina who was kidnapped by guerrillas on December 10 and held for ransom before being freed on Wednesday (December 20), made a statement to newsmen in Buenos Aires on Wednesday before reportedly flying to New York. He refused to answer any questions, and said he could not say any more than he had already done in his prepared statement because he was under a court obligation not to. Earlier, he had appeared before an examining magistrate in Buenos Aires to discuss the kidnapping--in which company paid a large sum of cash for his release, and was believed to have promised reforms at his firm's meat-packing factory in the Argentine capital. The reports remained unconfirmed on Friday (December 22).
In his news statement, Mr. Grove described his kidnapping, and how he had been relatively well-treated--eating good food, and playing cards with his captors.
The identity of his kidnappers remained unconfirmed, although it was widely believed in Buenos Aires that they were members of the People's Revolutionary Army, an urban guerrilla organisation.
SYNOPSIS: At the British Embassy in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, British businessman Mr. Ronald Grove appeared before newsmen on Wednesday to tell them of his recent ordeal at the hands of kidnappers. Mr. Grove, the 64-year-old managing director of a British meat-packing company in Argentina. was wearing the same clothes as when kidnapped on 10 December--a Sunday--as he was driving from his suburban home to a gold course. He was released on Wednesday, and appeared before a magistrate who was exa???ining details of the kidnapping. Reports suggested Mr. Grove's company had paid a large ransom in cash to secure his freedom, and had also promised reforms in the meat-packing factory. His kidnappers, whose identity was not confirmed, were widely believed to be members of the People's Revolutionary Army--an underground urban guerrilla organisation.
Mr. Grove, who spoke in Spanish, refused to answer any questions--and said he was bound by the court to read out only the agreed statement. He told newsmen his captors had fed him well; that a doctor had pronounced him fit; and that he had spent some of his time playing cards with his kidnappers. At the end, he was blindfolded and driven a long distance before being set free in a Buenos Aires suburb.
Mr. Grove later left for New York, and a reunion with his wife in Canada.