Quebec Liberation Front Extremists on Thursday night (December 3) freed British diplomat James Cross on St.
Quebec Liberation Front Extremists on Thursday night (December 3) freed British diplomat James Cross on St. helen's Island in the St. Lawrence river, at the site of the 1967 Expo Trade Fair.
The 49 year-old envoy was released after a harrowing journey in an old, booby-trapped car from the house booby he had been held in North Montreal.
Federal Justice Minister Mr. John Turner told newsmen that seven people would he given safe passage to Cuba by the Canadian government as a result of the release. Quebec Premier Mr. Robert Bourassa said Mr. Cross hoped to fly home to England soon.
Hundreds of troops surrounded the area in North Montreal where the kidnappers and Mr. Cross were in hiding, and a bomb squad stood by. The Mr. Robert Demers entered the house for negotiations with the FLQ suspects.
Later the Quebec Minister of Justice Jerome Choquette few into Montreal from Quebec, and by two o'clock in the afternoon it seemed that the delicate negotiations for Mr. Cross's release were over.
A police motorcade then left the house, bound for St. helen's island, where Canada and ?Cuba had agreed that an exchange would take place. In a pavilion on the Island acting Cuban Consul-General Ricardo Escartin was waiting.
In the middle of the motorcade in a 1962 Chrysler were Mr. Cross and six other people, including Marc Carbonneau and Jacques Langtot, officially named by Quebec Premier Bourassa as Kidnapping suspects.
Police at the scene told reporters the vehicle was booby-trapped to explode if the authorities attempted to interfere and grab the kidnappers before they reached the pre-arranged island sanctuary. Soon after, Mr. Cross's three Quebec extremist captors and four other people flew out of Canada in exchange for his life.
In Montreal, Federal Justice Minister Mr. john Turner and Quebec Premier Mr. Robert Bourassa talked to reporters.