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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October 2, 1974-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Captive's wife sobs Mrs. Lenis Melo de Alvarado, wife of the Ven- ezuelan vice-consul who is a captive in the Ven- ezuelan consulate in San- to Domingo, cries as she walks with Monsignor Polanco Brito near the consulate Tuesday. RCMP 'deal' claim investigated EDMONTON (CP) Depu- ty attorijey general William McLean said Tuesday that in- quiries are being made to determine whether there have been breaches of criminal law or "acceptable police stan- dards" by RCMP officers in Alberta Mr. McLean said in an inter- view that his department and the RCMP will investigate allegations by an Edmonton man that he was offered a deal by an RCMP constable The allegations were made by Albert Edward Houston Sept. 15 when he appeared before the appellate division of Alberta Supreme Court to appeal his conviction on a charge of breaking and entering Houston, who received an 18-month sentence, told the court he was promised im- munity from prosecution if he "set up" four other men on a break-in for which they would be arrested He said that when he later decided not to take part in the "deal" he was served with court documents charging him with the break- in The appeal court did not dis- turb Houston's conviction because he admitted he had taken part in the break-in but urged the government to make a full investigation of the man's charges Mr. McLean said that the decision to undertake the two- branch probe was made after Attorney-General Merv Leitch reviewed the case. He said his department will determine if any criminal offences had taken place while the RCMP will be asked to investigate any breaches of "acceptable police stan- dards Mr McLean said the at- torney general's department wants to explore more fully the disposition of charges against Houston's co-accused, whose name has not been made public At his appeal Gandhi urges cairn in crisis NEW DELHI (AP) Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, asking her country to remain calm in the face of In- dia's worst economic crisis since independence, said Tuesday her government will import as much food as necessary to overcome widespread shortages heunng, Houston alleged that the other man was promised he would be treated lightly if he gave police a statement and pleaded guilty to the break-in charge Houston said that when he did, the other man was given a two-year suspended sentence. "We are looking at the con- duct of the policemen in the Mr. McLean said RCMP Assistant Com- missioner Vic Seppala said the police investigation will be handled by "senior per- sonnel." Before the investigation was announced. Chief Superintendent W W Peter- son, head of the RCMP criminal investigation branch in Alberta, said there was no evidence of any wrong doing by any RCMP member TOMATOES California Grown Canada No. 1 Grade SPECIAL FRYING CHICKEN Manor House Cut Up Tray Pack Frozen Ib. 69 o CORNED BHF Manor House SPECIAL. Ib. 1 49 PRONE PLUMS Canada Domestic sh SW W CRISP CELERY Canada No. 1 Grade S