• Short Summary

    THE 18 OIL TECHNICIANS -- EMPLOYED BY THE ITALIAN STATE OIL CORPORATION -- E.N.I. --?

  • Description

    THE 18 OIL TECHNICIANS -- EMPLOYED BY THE ITALIAN STATE OIL CORPORATION -- E.N.I. -- WHO WERE RELEASED FROM BIAFRAN AFTER AN INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY ON THEIR BEHALF, ARRIVED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT ROME'S FIUMICINO AIRPORT, WHERE THEY WERE MET BY ITALY'S PRESIDENT, GUISEPPE SARAGAT, AND FOREIGN MINISTER, PIETRO NENNI, THE OILMEN -- 14 ITALIANS, 3 WEST GERMANS AND 1 LEBANESE -- WERE PART OF A GROUP OF 29 WHO WERE WORKING IN CAMPS NEAR KWALE, WHICH WERE RAIDED BY BIAFRAN COMMANDOS LAST MONTH.

    THE OTHER 11 -- 10 ITALIANS AND 1 JORDANIAN -- WERE KILLED IN THE RAID AND THEIR BODIES WERE FLOWN FOR BURIAL ON FRIDAY NIGHT (JUNE 6). TODAY (SUNDAY) HAS BEEN DECLARED A DAY OF NATIONAL MOURNING IN ITALY TO HONOUR THE DEAD MEN.

    THE REMAINING 18 HAD BEEN CONDEMNED TO DEATH BY FIRING-SQUAD BY A SPECIAL BIAFRAN TRIBUNAL ON MAY 29TH AFTER THEY HAD BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF "ASSISTING NIGERIAN TROOPS IN MAKING WAR ON BIAFRAN AND HELPING NIGERIA IN PREPARING WAR ON BIAFRAN." THEY WERE RELEASED ONLY AFTER MOUNTING PRESSURE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO BEAR ON BIAFRA'S SECESSIONIST LEADER GENERAL ODUKWEGWU OJUKWU.

    THE RELEASED MEN'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO ROME WAS MARKED BY UGLY SCENES AS JOURNALISTS AND CAMERAMEN STRUGGLED WITH POLICE TO GET NAR THEM -- PARTICULARLY WHEN THE PRESS WAS EXCLUDED FROM THE LOUNGE WHERE THE OILMEN WERE GIVEN REFRESHMENTS.

    MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE AIRPORT TO MEET THE RELEASED MEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEXK4QZLD3WLC5AXV5P56HKL43
    Media URN:
    VLVAEXK4QZLD3WLC5AXV5P56HKL43
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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