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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta accuse Mexican gov't of extortion in son's failing CALGARY The in a copyright says the son of a Calgary couple is being held by Mexican authorities on a drug charge and has been tortured and brutalized while the parents attempt to raise to free their son. The newspaper says the not identified because they said they feared reprisals against their is near brankruptcy due to alleged ex- tortion by Mexican officials. Maurice Canadian Am- bassador to is quoted as saying Canada is doing all it can to obtain the man's freedom but cannot interfere with the internal affairs of another country. The paper says the father flew to Mexico City in December to arrange his 23-year-old son's release and found him suffering three broken bronchial bruises and malnutrition. The morning daily quotes the ambassador as saying a hunger strike by American and Cana- dian prisoners at the jail where the Calgary man is kept ended last and no one became ill as a result of the strike. The paper quotes the couple as saying they did not learn that their son was in the custody of Mexico City police until they located him Dec. 4 with the help of the Canadian embassy. The paper says the father flew to Mexico City in December to arrange his 23-year-old son's release and found him suffering three broken bronchial bruises and malnutrition. The paper says the son claimed guards at the jail beat and tortured prisoners and said group of prisoners were selling The paper says the man claimed the torture involved electric cattle prods on the most sensitive parts of the forced 16 to 18 hours of labor such as scrubbing cell and constant beatings. The father is quoted as saying he met with a Mexican and a representative of the Mexican attorney-general's department Jan. 4 and that at the meeting he was told his son would be released from prison if the father paid a fee for this original starting price was but there was no way he could supply that type of money so was decided the paper says. The father described the fee as for lawyer's a fine for the drug and a fee which Mexican authorities referred to as motivation The agreement was reached and the father prepared to pay the money to a Mexican bank which would hold the money in trust pending the release of the Canadian. The agreement fell through a few weeks later because the father said Mexican authorities wanted more money. Ambassador Schwartzmann is quoted as say- ing Canada has warned young people travelling to Mexico that the penalties for drug offences are far more severe there than in this country. simple a person after his arrest may wait up to one year before being said the ambassador. The embassy has relayed the couple's com- plaints concerning prison conditions to Mexican authorities and embassy officials have visited Canadians in the prison every but the am- bassador said Canada can do nothing more for them. The UtHbrtdge Herald VOL. JULY 1974 15 CENTS 20 Pages Committee considering next charge WASHINGTON The House of Representatives judiciary committee began work today on a third article of this one charging President Nixon with refusing to comply with judiciary committee sub- poenas. Nixon's chances of escaping a Senate trial were dealt a shattering blow Monday night as seven Republicans voted with the 21 Democrats on the committee to recommend Nixon's impeachment on an article alleging abuse of power even before the Watergate burglary. The article charging Nixon with contempt of Congress for not complying with com- mittee subpoenas for tape recordings was expected to be approved today. After another article remains to be taken up. nlixon hedging on tapes WASHINGTON A White House spokesman said today President Nixon will claim that portions of 20 Watergate tapes being sur- rendered today to U.S. District Judge John Sirica should not be passed on to special prosecutor Leon Ja- worski. Spokesman Gerald Warren said Nixon spent much of the morning listening to tapes. Warren said the president has determined that he will file claims that Jaworski be denied parts of the tapes on grounds of national security or executive privilege. Warren said will be a such instances but he was prepared to discuss what these may Search launched for plane Aircraft flying in the Lethbridge region have been alerted to watch for a homemade plane lost on a flight from B.C. The single-engine Jodel with two men aboard was to arrive in Lethbridge Monday after- noon after a flight through the mountains. On board were Lloyd and his Er- both of B.C. The two were on their way to Regina. The 350-mile leg of a flight plan filed at Castlegar in the West Kootenay to Lethbridge includes moun- tainous terrain rising to over feet. Seen and heard About town Electrical Superintendent Ted Petrunia turning off the city's Christmas decorations now that Whoop-Up Days are over Rulon complaining about having to start his holidays by picking raspberries at 4 a.m. First women priests a controversy over the legality of the 11 women line up to receive their vows as priests in the Espiscopal Church during a ceremony in a Philadelphia church Monday. The women are the first to be sworn in as priests but the ceremony was overshadowed by a church announcement that women would not be able to conduct services. Talks stalemated at Texas prison 'At the sound of the you will receive an obscene phone call...' Inside Classified........16-19 Comics............6 District............13 Family............15 Local Markets ...........14 Theatres............6 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. THUNDERSHOWERS. Tex. Negotiations with three armed convicts at the Texas state prison remained at an impasse today amid a report that the rebel convicts are willing to exchange some of their hostages for prison of- ficials. Kathy the daughter of one of the civilian hostages being held by the said that rebel con- vict leader Fred Gomez Carrasco agreed during a telephone conversation with her Monday night to trade 10 of his 13 hostages for five prison officials. Miss whose Novella is one of the 10 civilian hostages held by Carrasco and two other armed said Carrasco also has backed off from demands for weapons. more Third TV station planned to serve Lethbridge area Lethbridge viewers will have a choice of three Cana- dian television channels by the fall of 1976. The addition of another television station in this city was made possible by the Canadian Radio-Television Commission's approval Mon- day of the CBC network's application for a television station in Calgary. As a CBC affiliates CFAC-TV in Calgary and Lethbridge's CJOC-TV are to become independent broad- casting disaffiliated with the CBC network. CFAC- TV is to become an indepen- dent in 1975 when the new Calgary CBC station begins broadcasting and CJOC-TV is to disaffiliate from the CBC when that network establishes a rebroadcaster of the new Calgary CBC station in about a year after it begins broadcasting from Calgary. CJOC-TV will continue to provide CBC programming to Lethbridge and district viewers during the CBC's first year of broadcasting from its own station in Bob CJOC said today. is a little early to look at what direction we'll be taking when we become an indepen- dent but we're looking forward to the opportunity of controlling more of our program he added. Mr. Johnson said his station will meet its Canadian content commitment by buying Cana- dian programming from other Canadian independent stations and producing its own local programming. The station would obtain its major programming from the American networks. CJOC-TV now transmits a mixture of the national CBC local programs and programs received from CFAC-TV in Calgary. Mr. Johnson also said his station will continue to main- tain its rebroadcasters after it becomes an independent station. The CFAC-TV application to the CRTC said it will originate all its programming from Calgary after its disaffiliation with the CBC in 1975. The new Calgary CBC sta- tion is to have rebroadcasters at Lake Louise and Drumheller during its first year of broadcasting. A prison spokesman said Carrasco's when made directly to will be con- sidered. Sewage standards toughened New industries coming to town will have to meet tougher sewage standards. City council Monday passed a resolution setting sewage standards for new industries at 300 parts per million suspended 300 ppm of biochemical oxygen and 100 ppm grease. other cities with pack- ing plants ask for this it's not stringent in' any said Aid. Vera Ferguson in urging council acceptance of the standards. The resolution passed by council Monday does not affect industries already es- tablished in the city. But under the proposed they too will have to bring their sewage effluents in line the standards set for new industry over the next five years. Power accord city' By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Two changes in the agreement with Calgary Power Ltd. on the sale of the city power plant will work to the advantage of the Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff told city council Monday. In the first change from the original Calgary Power will purchase only the power plant equipment for the agreed price of and not the plant building or land. the company will lease the building and land at a cost equal to the annual property taxes it would have paid if title to the plant was transferred to it. the agreement is completed we won't have to worry about getting the land and building because we will continue to own it Deputy Mayor Hembroff said. Turks reach Cyprus 'compromise9 Under the agreement Calgary Power will pay an an- nual rent of in 12 monthly installments. Calgary Power has also the deputy mayor to keep the plant on after it ceases to operate it and until the agreement expires in 1981. The company has the right under the agreement to shut down the plant after June 1976. But it has agreed to leave the equipment in the plant after that in a state. In an emergency it could be fired up to provide the city with another source of Deputy Mayor Hembroff said. is a very real advan- tage and useful to the he said. Council Monday gave first reading to a bylaw authorizing the lease the plant equipment sale and the agreement to purchase all power from Calgary Power. Second and third reading of the which would conclude the await approvals from the Public Utilities Board and the Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board. But Deputy Mayor Hembroff said he foresees no problem with either approval and that both should be secured before the end of August. ASSOCIATED PRESS Turkey and Greece have reached a compromise agree- ment for ending their military show- down on a spokesman for the Turkish delegation to the Geneva peace talks said today. He predicted the accord would be signed this after- noon. But Greek Foreign Minister George Mavros told reporters while he is there were still a number of problems to resolve before a truce can be signed. The Turkish spokesman said the exact wording of the agreement is being worked including a compromise on the potentially explosive issue of Turkish troop withdrawals. He indicated the Turks would agree to wording in the agreement that would speak of Turkish troop reduc- rather than withdrawals. A Greek delegate how- that the new Turkish for- mula commits the Ankara government to withdraw its invasion force when a final political settlement is reached on the Mediterranean island. The Turkish military presence thereby would be officially defined as thus saving the Greeks face. Militant Indians harden position Ont. Militant Indians and the Kenora town council both hardened their positions over the occupation of Anicinabe Park and the situa- tion was expected to come to a head within the next day or so. Louis leader of the Ojibwa Warrior said there will be if the park is not turned over to the Indians by Wednesday noon CDT. Mr. Cameron would not but there was speculation that the Indians' first move might be to block off a road running near the park. Mayor Jim Da- vidson and the town council called on the militant Indians to leave or remove their weapons to a place where they could be controlled. are .absolutely and firmly convinced that every day of unlawful occupation of Anicinabe Park makes successful negotiations of the issues raised by the Ojibwa Warrior Society more and more the mayor said. Feed grain policy upsets wheat pool By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Alberta Wheat Pool is unhappy with the federal government's feed grain policy that comes into effect Thurs- day. Al public relations direc- tor with the part of the three prairie wheat pools in Saskatchewan and Manitoba which handle 67 per cent of Canada's said this morning Canada now has a feed grain policy we have to work with David an economist with the Alberta department of agriculture in said the province basically supports the plan. is in line with a position Alberta held three years ago in most he said. Mr. Beattie said the wheat pools have constantly told the federal government the industry needs a cut and dried policy to eliminate any problems. The way it is now set someone is going to be expected to make decisions on problems as they crop actually forming policy under working he said. It will be especially in this crop year when feed grain stocks are expected to be in short he added. chance for cheap feed grain is said Mr. Beattie. Because of it is even more im- portant to have a policy to remove all obstacles. The new drawn up by the wheat the Canada depart- ment of agriculture and the Cana- dian Livestock Feed provides for eight specific provisions. These national market for feed of supplies for the domestic grain prices to be es- tablished strictly by the supply and demand situation at any particular price guarantee to feed grain producers for commercial sales even if the feed grain isn't sold through the wheat of transportation and stocks to meet domestic and ex- port special reserve stock of feed grains to be held at Thunder of space in primary elevators to ensure orderly domestic and export movement with provision for the implementation of a delivery quota system by the wheat board if comprehensive information system for domestic feed grain market. The parts of the policy still under negotiation that are the main concern of the Alberta Wheat Pool levels of feed freight which has been a bone of especially for western because cattle feeders in the East are able to buy western feed grains cheaper than farmers and cattlemen in the transfer of import controls for oats and barley from the Canadian Wheat Board Act to the Export-Import Permits Act. for the price guarantee to producers on commercial sales of feed grains to domestic markets. timing for the implementa- tion of the increased limits under the Cash Advance System in the Prairies and the basis for extending the system to other to end any discrimination in freight rates between meat and elements of Jie new million storage program. ;