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    WEST GERMAN JOURNALIST, MR LUTZ HEROLD, ARRIVED IN FRANKFURT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AFTER SPENDING FOUR MONTHS OF A FORTY-YEAR SENTENCE IN A GHANA PRISON.

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    WEST GERMAN JOURNALIST, MR LUTZ HEROLD, ARRIVED IN FRANKFURT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AFTER SPENDING FOUR MONTHS OF A FORTY-YEAR SENTENCE IN A GHANA PRISON.

    MR HEROLD WAS JAILED LAST NOVEMBER FOR ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO REPORT A PLOT AGAINST THE THEN PRESIDENT OF GHANA, DR KWAME NKRUMAH. PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WAS OUSTED AS GHANA'S PRESIDENT IN LAST MONTH'S COUP.

    MR HEROLD DESCRIBED THE COUP AS "THE MOST ELEGANT COUP EVER MADE IN AFRICA, PURE BRAIN WORK AND NOT A JOB BY THE GUN BOYS". HE SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS RELEASED, AFTER HE COUP, MR GEOFFREY BING A BRITISH QUEEN'S COUNSEL, WHO WAS AN ADVISER TO DR NKRUMAH, WAS MOVED INTO HIS CELL. HE ALSO MET THE LAWYER WHO HAD PROSECUTED HIM AS THE LAWYER WAS BEING ESCORTED INTO PRISON AND TOLD HIM "YOU CAN NOW SERVE THE REST OF MY SENTENCE".

    TWO OTHER EUROPEANS, AUSTRIAN WILHELM KLEMENTIN AND FRENCHMAN JEAN PIERRE SCHNEPF, WHO HAD BEEN IN THE SAME JAIL SINCE 1964 FOR ILLEGALLY CROSSING THE BORDER, HAD STILL NOT BEEN RELEASED. THEY WERE THE FIRST EUROPEANS EVER TO BE PUT INTO THE PRISON AND UNTIL HIS ARRIVAL THEY HAD ALMOST BEEN FORGOTTEN.

    MR HEROLD SAID THAT HE WAS GOING TO REST FOR A TIME IN GERMANY AND THEN WOULD PROBABLY RETURN TO AFRICA. HE HAS A HOME IN LAGOS, NIGERIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACUEF1FLL3N8W76V12YMLKUUAP
    Media URN:
    VLVACUEF1FLL3N8W76V12YMLKUUAP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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