Herr Eugen Beihl, the 59-year-old West German Consul freed by Basque Nationalists, returned to his San Sebastian home yesterday (Saturday 26 December) to be reunited with his wife and daughter.
Herr Eugen Beihl, the 59-year-old West German Consul freed by Basque Nationalists, returned to his San Sebastian home yesterday (Saturday 26 December) to be reunited with his wife and daughter. Herr Beihl flew to the French airport at Biarritz, the nearest airport to San Sebastian, from Wiesbaden where he had been flown after his release on Friday (December 25).
Herr Beihl's wife Bonifacia and his 28-year-old daughter Lucy, were at Biarritz airport to meet him. Later, herr Beihl opened his San Sebastian home to reporters and cameramen.
Herr Beihl said he thought he had been held in spain's northern Basque province of Alava for his 25 days of imprisonment. The honorary consul said he never saw the faces of his captors, but they were men all spoke in the Basque national language.
Herr Beihl gave the press conference after having a medical examination by his doctor. The doctor said Herr Beihl was in perfect good health, but had lost some weight. His kidnappers gave him the medicine and pills he needed.
Although living in a room with shuttered windows, Herr Beihl said he received good food and enjoyed the potato omelette in particular.
The long-awaited verdicts in the trial of the Basque nationalist guerrillas is expected tomorrow. The Defence lawyers have been instructed to assemble at the Divisional Military Headquarters in Burgos to hear the sentences.