In Mexico City, the hunt for the kidnappers of the Belgian Ambassador's daughter continued after her release on Saturday (29 May).
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MADAME CHAVAL: "We are deeply grateful and happy that this terrible dream has come to its end. We would like to thank, in our hearts, all the many people, Mexicans, Belgians and other nations for the solidarity and the help they have given to us. Also we'd like to express our greatest adulation to the authorities of the Mexican Republic. They have given us sympathy and we'd like to thank them for the help they have given us in liberating, with a happy end, in bringing our daughter back home."
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This film is serviced with a statement in English from Madame Mireille Chaval, read to newsmen by a spokesman. A transcript follows:
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Background: In Mexico City, the hunt for the kidnappers of the Belgian Ambassador's daughter continued after her release on Saturday (29 May).
Sixteen-year-old Nadine Chaval was returned to her family four and a half days after being taken by a group calling itself "September 23". Nadine's family raised the ransom, GBP200,000 sterling ($370,000 U.S.), from friends and thousands of sympathisers in Mexico City. They queued up at the Chaval family's front door to hand over contributions, and collections were taken in city schools and offices.
The guerrillas originally demanded a ransom of GBP 400,000 sterling ($ 740,000 U.S.) and threatened to kill Nadine if their terms were not met. When the parents had difficulty raising the full amount the kidnappers settled for less and finally released her at the home of the Turkish Ambassador, about eight miles (13 kms) from her home.
Nadine immediately raced to her father's bedside. He had a heart attack after the kidnapping, and is suffering from severe mental depression.
The girl's mother, Madame Mireille Chaval, later thanked everyone who had helped with money and good wishes during the family's ordeal.
The guerrillas seized Nadine after what they called "a military error". They had intended to kidnap her father, but after ramming the family car took her instead. The kidnappers were identified by police as members of the self-styled communist league of September 23, named after the date of a 1965 gunfight with army troops.
SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City, the hunt for the kidnappers of Nadine Chaval, the Belgian Ambassador's daughter, continued over the weekend after her release. Sixteen-year-old Nadine was returned to her family on Saturday after 200,000 pounds was paid. Nadine was held by the kidnappers, calling themselves "September 23", for four and a half days before being released only eight miles from her home. She immediately raced to her father's bedside. He suffered a heart attack after the kidnapping and was also suffering from severe mental depression. After the girl's safe return, her mother, Madame Mireille Chaval, made a nationwide broadcast, thanking everyone for their help.