• Short Summary

    Twenty-three year old John Meredith Roberts, a former 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army, is being held by United Nations forces in the Congo accused of implication in "atrocity raids" while leading Baluba tribesmen of Kasai President Kalonji's irregular army.

  • Description

    Twenty-three year old John Meredith Roberts, a former 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army, is being held by United Nations forces in the Congo accused of implication in "atrocity raids" while leading Baluba tribesmen of Kasai President Kalonji's irregular army.

    Leaving the British Army arte National Service, Roberts joined the Northern Rhodesian police for a two-year tour of duty. Afterwards he went about various parts of Africa, sometimes taking odd jobs. His parents back in Torquay, Devon, say he was travelling to provide background for a book he was writing about Africa.

    In search of story detail, Roberts set off from Elizabethville, July 24, to begin a one-man canoe trip down the crocodile infested rivers of the Congo Republic. It was this trip that was to lead to his present predicament.

    Somewhere along the way his canoe was capsized and bitten in two by a hippopotamus. To earn enough money to replace the loss of rifles, camera, and other equipment, he agreed to join the irregular army of Albert Kalonji, President of the self-styled "autonomous State of South Kasai", with the rank of Captain.

    After his arrest at Mwede Ditu by United Nations Liberian troops, Roberts denied that his tribesmen were responsible for the burning of several Kasai villages, and a seminary at Kaleminar where a Congolese Roman Catholic priest was killed. Other priest. and nuns were ill treated and the village casualties are said to have been heavy.

    It is believed that Roberts cannot be punished by the United Nations, and will be returned to the United Kingdom.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE8BDTAS807H11C8DKO8YVRL84
    Media URN:
    VLVAE8BDTAS807H11C8DKO8YVRL84
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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