Herr Eugen Beihl, the West German Vice Consul in San Sebastian, Spain was released yesterday (Friday) after 25 days in captivity as a hostage of the Basque Separatist movement.
Herr Eugen Beihl, the West German Vice Consul in San Sebastian, Spain was released yesterday (Friday) after 25 days in captivity as a hostage of the Basque Separatist movement. Herr Beihl arrived y car in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where he was interviewed on television before travelling to France to be united with his family.
Also present at the interview, on the West German Second Television Network, was the network's Paris correspondent, one of two television men who travelled to West Germany with Herr Beihl. Two more were held briefly by the Basque separatists pending his safe arrival.
Herr Beihl, who is 59, described the circumstances of his captivity and release, but declined to say exactly where he was released.
SYNOPSIS: Herr Eugen Beihl, the West German vice-consul in San Sebastian Spain, was released on Christmas Day after twenty five days in captivity as hostage of the Basque separatists. He was interviewed on German television.
Herr Beihl was held hostage for the sixteen Basque separatists who are on trial at Burgos in northern Spain in connection with the murder of a police chief. He said he had faced the possibility that he would not be able to spend Christmas with his family. But on Christmas Day, his captors blindfolded him and led him from the room where he was imprisoned. He arrived in Wiesbaden later the same day.