American Brigadier-General James Dozier was freed by Italian police on Thursday (28 January) from the "people's prison" where he was held by Red Brigades guerrillas who kidnapped him in Verona over six weeks ago.
SV Padua: Police officers accompanying Dozier in police station after his release. Journalists crowd around Dozier and question him, he answers in a few words. (2 SHOTS)
SV Dozier in car as journalists crowd around and police try to clear path. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Door of Dozier's home in Verona and his name on door-plate. (2 SHOTS)
SV EXTERIOR OF Dozier's apartment.
SV Blue van.
TRACKING SHOT Area where Dozier was kidnapped.
SV Damaged car from which Dozier was taken.
CU Photograph in newspaper, released by Dozier's captors.
SV Anti-terrorists squad officer in plain clothes and wearing scarf over his face moves around in street outside house where Dozier was rescued. Other people mill around.
SV TILT DOWN EXTERIOR OF Apartment from which Dozier was rescued, CU masked terrorist-squad men move around outside building.
SV Frankfurt: Mrs Judith Dozier and her daughter, Cheryl enter auditorium to applause.
SV & PAN Mrs Dozier speaks at rostrum.
SV Washington: President Ronald Reagan speaks from the East Room in the White House.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 12: MRS JUDITH DOZIER: "Needless to say we are very, very elated at this time as you can tell, probably by my voice, which is a bit shaky because we have a happy conclusion to this particular situation. We have talked to my husband and... and her father... and he sounds marvellous and in good health and we're looking very much forward to meeting with him as soon as possible, which will be very soon. And I thank you one and all for everything and please thank the world for all their love and prayers. It did work and he is home."
REAGAN: "The same courage and resolve that James Dozier demonstrated in the battlefield in wartime has seen him through this new test with flying colours. His country and our allies can be very proud of this gallant man. I've also talked with President Portini of Italy and pressed America's appreciation for the dedicated and effective work of the Italian authorities in tracking down General Dozier's kidnappers and saving his life. They too have acquitted themselves with honour."
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Background: American Brigadier-General James Dozier was freed by Italian police on Thursday (28 January) from the "people's prison" where he was held by Red Brigades guerrillas who kidnapped him in Verona over six weeks ago.
The General, who serves with the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) force, was found in an apartment in the northern Italian city of Padua. Police arrested five men without a shot being fired.
It was first time they had succeeded in freeing a hostage held by the Brigades. General Dozier, who is 50 years old, was the first foreigner to be kidnapped by the Brigades. Police later said they had been watching the Padua apartment for three days before the early-morning rescues. While he was kept by the Brigades, General Dozier was threatened with "proletarian justice" for his role in NATO and alleged massacres during his service in Vietnam. In Frankfurt, after his release, Mrs Judith Dozier spoke to newsmen about her husband's release. With her, was her daughter, Cheryl, who serves in the US Army.