The remain of Dora Boch, the 75-year-old British-Israeli citizen murdered by Ugandan secret police three years ago, have been flown to Israel for burial.
GV INTERIOR Uganda's Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Lutakome Kayiira speaking at news conference
CU Bertram Bloch speaking
SV & CU Photographs of skeleton and teeth of Dora Bloch on display at news conference (2 shots)
SV Uganda police guard of honour take coffin to aircraft
CU Bertram Block standing with head bowed next to aircraft
SV Police place coffin in aircraft, stand to attention and salute
SV ZOOM TO CU Box containing remains on board aircraft
SV Bertram Bloch waves and boards aircraft and plane taxies down runway for take-off (4 shots)
BLOCH: "She may have become a symbol but we must not forget that the real sufferers were the people of Uganda."
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Background: The remain of Dora Boch, the 75-year-old British-Israeli citizen murdered by Ugandan secret police three years ago, have been flown to Israel for burial. Mrs. Bloch was the only passenger on a hijacked Air France airline who was not rescued when Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport and freed the hostages. She had been taken to hospital-- and although former Ugandan President Idi Amin claimed she had returned to the airport before the rescue -- the Uganda authorities now know that she was killed on the night of the fourth of July, 1976.
Uganda's Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Lutakome kayiira, handed the remains to Mr. Bertram Bloch, who spoke about his mother.
The remains were identified on Wednesday (30 May) by Israeli pathologist Dr. Maurice Rogov. After the hijacking Mrs. Bloch was separated from the rest of the hostages and taken to hospital. Following the rescue of the other hostages Mrs. Bloch was murdered and her body buried in a shallow grave.
Ugandan policemen carried the blue coffin to a small aircraft after a formal ceremony.
The positive identification of Mrs. Bloch's remains was carried out with the help of medical records brought from Israel.
Bertram Bloch thanked the Ugandan people for the help he had received and said he was touched by the way staff at the hospital had kept his mother's belongings. He then left for Nairobi on the first leg of his journey home.