United States oil executive Victor Somuelson was held by kidnappers in Argentina for 5 months before being released for the record ransom of 14 million dollars (GBP 5,900,000).
SV Samuelson home at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
GV Samuelson out of house to reportes, filmed by cameraman
SV & CU Samuelson speaking
SV Samuelson introducing family to press (3 shots)
SAMUELSON: We had just finshed eating lunch at the club that the company has at the location where I worked, which was one in Argentian. A number of people came in with arms and indetified me in some way of which I am unaware, and took me to a waiting car and then blindfolded me and then took me - on the floor of the car, in the backseat -- and that was the last of anything I was aware of as to where I was or what was going on in the world.
COMMENTATOR: The only other thing he would talk about was how he was released.
SAMUELSON: I was let out at a location which was one of a couple of alternative - alternatives they had asked for. This location was the home of our family paediatrician in Buenos Aires.
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Background: United States oil executive Victor Somuelson was held by kidnappers in Argentina for 5 months before being released for the record ransom of 14 million dollars (GBP 5,900,000). The ransom was paid by Samuelson's employers, the Eeso Petroleum Company. He told pressmen a little about his experiences in captivity from his current retreat a secluded house on Hilton Head Island, North Carolina in the United States, on Thursday (May 2)
His kidnappers were members of the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP), the Marxist group responsible for many of the recent kidnappings in Argentina.
When Samuelson returned to the United States and his family on April 30th he refused to speak to the press. On Thursday he still refused to say anything about the personalities or motives of his captors, but disclosed something about the details of his kidnapping.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Samuelson has spent the days since his release alone with his family.
He was kidnapped by urban guerrillas.