Four Western yachtsmen held prisoner by the Vietnamese in Kampuchea for seven weeks have been released.
SCU Dominik Labhardt from Switzerland speaking in English
SCU Gerard Mallaval from France speaking in English
SV mallaval and Labhardt unloading baggage from boot of car
SV Labhardt, Bryant, Sheldon Green and Mallaval sitting talking together (2 shots)
LABHARDT: "Well, on the 9th of May, 1980 early in the morning, we passed a few fishing boats about 60-miles from the coast on the height of the Mekong Delta and a fe fishing boats started to follow us and started to shoot at us. So at the end we got captured and the Vietnamese fishing people (indistinct) us up on the fishing boat."
REPORTER: "What was your most exciting experience during the captivity?"
LABHARDT: "Well the most exciting experience during this interrogation time, they twisted around the truth all our answers we gave, they twisted around and by the end they made spies out of us. And so I had, I was forced to sign a statement that I did intelligence gathering actions."
MALLAVAL: "We spent seven weeks in Vietnam detained most of the time nearly six weeks in isolation and treated like nothing, really nothing you know. Really bad food, really bad living conditions and we had always to sign you know that we were very well treated, living in good house and so on. But from the beginning to the end just lies, you know, just lies from cynical people."
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Background: Four Western yachtsmen held prisoner by the Vietnamese in Kampuchea for seven weeks have been released. They included 27-year-old Canadian Sheldon Green; Robert Draper, a geophysical engineer from Australia; Swiss freelance photographer Dominik Labhardt and French electronic technician Gerard Mallaval. Mr. Labhardt explained how the four had come to be arrested.
SYNOPSIS: After a trial, the four were found guilty of spying and were fined the equivalent of about two thousand dollars. They were released after being mae to sign their travellers' cheques and hand over their cash and possessions. They were eventually put back on their yacht on June the 27th and managed to reach island off Thailand a fortnight later.