• Short Summary

    Britain's Lord Privy Seal, Edward Heath, arrived at Bahrein (in the Persian Gulf) Jan 15 to meet the Ruler, Sheikh Sulman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and to visit the Bahrein prison on the nearby island of Kidda.

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    Britain's Lord Privy Seal, Edward Heath, arrived at Bahrein (in the Persian Gulf) Jan 15 to meet the Ruler, Sheikh Sulman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and to visit the Bahrein prison on the nearby island of Kidda. For his visit to Kidda, Jan 16, Mr Heath was joined by George Brown, deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party.

    The Ruler and Mr. Heath discussed the future of three Bahrein political prisoners now held by Britain on the South Atlantic island of St. Helene since 1956. They were taken there after being sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by a Bahrein court for plotting the assassination of the 64-year-old Ruler. The Ruler has now requested their return, but some British Members of Parliament feared that if they went back they would themselves be assassinated.

    Bahrain is not a British crown colony but is under British protection. After the visit to Kidda, Mr. Heath said he had talked with two of the prisoners there. They look perfectly well and had no major complaints. They wore their own clothes and saw their relatives monthly. This disproved statements about the way prisoners were being treated and the way "other prisoners would be treated", he said. Of the prisoners on St. Helena, Mr. Heath said his talks with the Ruler were confidential.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC7AU70GKDRHLITY0AMB516VEP
    Media URN:
    VLVAC7AU70GKDRHLITY0AMB516VEP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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