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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - December 7, 1970, Winnipeg, ManitobaIt is Mai ire Mergler and i am editor s note last thurs Day British Diplomat James Cross was rescued from a Montreal North Triplex Fol lowing negotiations Between his Fly captors and lawyer Bernard Mergler Here is or. Mergler s account of the dramatic hours that preceded and followed Cross release. World copyright the Toronto Star Ltd. By Bernard Mergler Montreal on thursday december 3. 1970 about . I received a Call from or. Paul Benoit a chief inspector of the provincial police whom i had met some 20 years before when As a lieutenant he had investigated a number of cases in which i was involved As a defence attorney. He said i must see you on a matter of great i asked him what it was All about. Til Tell you when you get he answered. He no sooner had said this when 1 was advised that a or. Dieumegarde translation god keep of the surety was waiting in the outer office. I told or. Benoit his Man had arrived and i would leave at once. I hurried downstairs with or. Dieumegarde and we sped North in his car. The car pulled up at the Side door of a Northend police Sta Tion and chief inspector Benoit was waiting for me at the door. He said now let us see if we can find an office and i la have Robert maitre Demers Down in a at the mention of Demers i realized it must have something to do with the kidnapping be cause he had been appointed to negotiate on behalf of the que Bec government with the now exclusive to the free press imprisoned lawyer or. Robert Lemieux for the release of James Richard Cross the Brit ish Trade commissioner. Or. Demers was Brief we have information which we feel certain is True As to where or. Cross is being held. We would like to get him out alive and unharmed. We know where the House is located and we have it surrounded by he added the government is still prepared to stand by its offer of Safe conduct to Cuba provided or. Cross is released Safe and sound. We would like to know if you would be willing to go into the House and arrange for their departure and the release. The ways and Means of accomplishing this Are set Forth in this document. Are you prepared to do this or i said i most certainly wish to help bring this matter to an end without death or injury to anyone. But i must say that i am keenly aware of the fact that it can be considered an of Fence to act on behalf of per sons who May be in the act of committing a we Are fully aware of your position and assure you that you have nothing to said or. Demers. That May be i Ven tured but i want it understood that i am doing this at your specific request. I want it understood that 1 shall intervene to assist the cuban diplomatic Mission whom 1 have had occasion to represent in the past. I shall want a writing to the effect that i am doing this for humanitarian reasons. I Trust you to give me this written Assur Ance later because right now i please see it is Page 7 Manitoba Centennial 1970 Winnipeg free press final edition vol. 78 no. 60 Price 10 cents comics 15 cents monday december 7, 1970 Moonrise . Moonset . . Sunset . Forecast sunny 25 and 15 and Yorkshire pud roast London up the end of an exercise in terrorist tactics came this weekend with the Vic Tim James Jasper Cross looking Forward to picking up his life where it left off and his kidnappers looking into an Uncertain future. After 60 Days of Captivity Cross the British Trade envoy settled Down sunday night to a traditional British meal of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at d o r h e y w o o d the official country residence of British foreign Secretary sir Alec Douglas Home. His kidnappers three members of the front de liberation do Quebec and two wives and son of one of the men were reported to have spent the night in a Havana House usually reserved by cuban authorities for visiting workers delegations from Russia and East Germany. Cross 49, arrived in London sunday to be met by his wife Barbara and they were whisked off to the country Home As guests of the British govern ment for a3 Long As he de Cross is expected to meet with reporters some time this week before taking a Vaca Tion in Switzerland. The Fly group say some Havana sources will probably be asked to go to work in the sugar Fields unless they have some special skills to offer Cuba which As the Only revolt t i o n a r y government in the Western hemisphere has accepted an assortment of revolutionaries ranging from self proclaimed exiles to plane hijackers. However observers in the cuban capital feel the govern ment has been embarrassed by its self proclaimed role As the first free territory in America and the Havana press has played Down the arrival of the Fly party stressing that the country accepted them at the request of the Canadian govern ment Cross was 20 pounds lighter after spending 60 Days in the basement of a Montreal House guarded by men with sub machine guns and at one stage forced to sleep with Sticks of James Cross is reunited with wife Barbara right and daughter Susan yukon9 flight 602 one Way to Cuba Diplomat kidnapped in Brazil terrorists shoot govt. Agent guarding Swiss envoy Rio de Janeiro a ambassador Gio Vanni Enrico Bucher of Switzerland was kidnapped today by terrorists who shot a brazilian government agent assigned to guard him. Israelis Rebuff . Plea by Dennis Bell Trenton. Ont. Up Yukon flight 602. A one Way express to Cuba for four que Bec terrorists returned Satur Day to Canadian forces base at Trenton after delivering the human Ransom for kidnapped British Diplomat James Cross to wait out the 1.500-mile flight South. By the time the aircraft set Down at Havana International Airport the Fly pc pc were chatting with the air Crew the Reynis sweatshirts and modern go Naos. I know that clothes Don t make the Man but 1 would t have them Home for doctor and even the two men t i from external affairs in French i and English. Dynamite strapped to his body. Safe sound in Havana. Maj. . Whose last but one British newspaper says there were 19 persons aboard j major assignment was flying Queen Elizabeth around the maj. Panic acc said All seven passengers were very Ner j Vous when they came on Board his aircraft High Strung and probably quite Jerusalem special tons the israeli government Sun Day pointedly disregarded pres ident Nixon s thinly veiled plea for an immediate decision to resume the suspended Middle East peace talks under United nations mediator Gunnary v. Jarring. In what amounted to a Diplo Matic Rebuff to this country s major ally the government virtually ignored the president s reply to a note from Premier Golda Meir devoting Only a very minor part of a five hour Cabinet session to its consideration. The rapidity of the pres ident s reply two and one half Days after delivery of mrs. Meir s note in Washington As Well As its contents underscored . Hopes that Israel would agree sunday to resume the the Swiss embassy said Bucher was on his Way to his office in his car. The car was blocked by the terrorists the ambassador removed and the agent shot and wounded As he attempted to Stop the abduction the embassy reported. It is Brazil s fourth political kidnapping in a rash of such seizures that began with the abduction of . Ambassador c. Burke Elbrich sept. 4, 1969, in Rio de Janeiro. He was re leased after the military government freed 15 prisoners. I the other kidnappings in Bra Zil were of Consul Nobuo Oku Chi of Japan in Sao Paulo last March and ambassador Ehren Fried von Hollensen of West Germany last june. Both were freed upon the government s release of political prisoners. Initial reports of Bucher s seizure said the terrorists car ried out their Mission in no please see Diplomat Page 2j commission recommends nine cities greater Winnipeg plan promises no property tax reductions by Bob Lis Way greater Winnipeg property owners Aren t promised i tax saving in a recommendation of the Manitoba legis lature s local government boundaries commission which Calls for the reduction of Winnipeg area municipalities from 14 to nine. The boundaries commission in its final report released Mon Day by the provincial govern ment does t predict any tax savings for greater Winnipeg property owners. In fact in private interviews some members of the 10-Man talks broken off Here in sep tember Over alleged egyptian Rineai Cross emerged As the real vie the big four engined Yukon tur please see please Sec Yukon Page 20 canal held in wife s death Northwest territories during her Royal tour last summer d i d form some conclusions about his unusual passengers. I have some sympathy for i to prop aircraft when it roared off the Tarmac at Montreal s roast Page 20 Dorval Airport thursday night i for the five hour flight to Cuba. Tho passenger list included Marc Carbonnsau Jacques co the family members on Board so tic Trudel. Jacques Lanctot _ they weren t the bad actors and Pierre Seguin. Members of in All he said at an info the front de liberation Dumal news conference minutes Quebec which kidnapped or. After Landing. Cross two months ago. The As part of the Deal to free Weirdo or. Cross unharmed the four men took with them on the Safe conduct to Cuba Lanctot s i pregnant wife Marie their two year old son and Trucl s wife i Louise. 1 when the aircraft Cache i Havana Early Friday morning i a n d the passengers diem i barked or. Cross until dog sired Exter with the death. I Nal affairs officials he said the woman apparent i a mystery was me wow of the by died late Friday however cuban staff and a her death was not discovered refi Ewd Muff abort . Saft Day for a fee Liy or. Lady. Hate to deliver a the spokesman sail feet Stew be half attended a party daring it fraed fee maj. J. S. A Retena fac less tie deaf. Tower or be or. Tarn pc to tie today today s Index Yott Mett Arab forces dash violations of the Suez i standstill ceasefire. I the unanimously endorsed official communique made Clear 1 s r ?.-e 1 i misgivings Over the president s note which was delivered Here Friday. The com Munique said mrs. Meir con j Side red it appropriate to continue the clarification with the . Government and that when this clarification had been concluded proposals for the conclusion of the discussions would be presented to the Cabinet please see israelis Page 2 Howard Hughes executives Battle for Hughes riches Las vegas Nev. A j the doctor said Hughes at rival factions in the Empire of that time was suffering from ailing billionaire Howard pneumonia anaemia and a heart Hughes Are struggling for con condition and had received tool of his big stake in Nevada j blood transfusions a sheriff s gambling and possibly his in j officer said. Industrial and financial Hughes. 64. Disappeared nov. Complex. Amid reports that Hughes himself has gone to the Baha Mas sheriffs deputies searched his Penthouse Retreat on the Las vegas strip sunday and 35 from the Penthouse atop his desert inn hotel. Undersheriff Lloyd Bell who led o 10-Man sweep of the pent House said the search was prompted by reports that foul Pray May have been involved in i departure. The sheriffs department re j though they had no warrant. That a doctor who treat j the deputies searched All but d Hughes nov. 5 said be was i Hughes s locked personal room too ill to be moved anywhere before being asked to leave. More details on pages 8, 9 commission predict some owners will face higher property tax levies. But the major recommendation of the commission established by Forster progressive conservative Premier Duff Rob Lin in 1966. Has already been rejected by premiered Schryer and municipal affairs minister Howard Pawlucy. Information of the commis Sion s report has been leaking out for several months before its official release monday. The commission s major recommendations have been debated publicly for at least two months. The main recommendation of the commission urges the establishment of nine cities in the greater Winnipeg area and the enlarging of the metro govern ment to continue to be responsible for inter municipal services. The commission Calls for the amalgamation of East Kildonan and North Kildonan into one City with the annexing of Elm Wood now a part of Winnipeg and East St. Paul into that new City please Sec report Pafe 2 reported they found no Trace of the mystery Man. Except to a Hospital. Orach title 46 Ops affied a macs 4w, it Eves 31 in wite 31, St Tel Crown ii Beirut. Lebanon jordanian forces attacked j palestinian Arab guerrilla i positions in Ajlouny and crash. J Northern Jordan a palestinian j commando spokesman said j Here today. J the palestinian resistance i command spokesman said the i attack started at 4 . And was still going on four hours later. The spokesman said Jor osnian forces began to Sheu the area and Wlms crash town and j the refugee Camps of soul and Gaza while armoured forces and lanced toward bag ret Al us i for and crash. Oar forces held therr fire and did not reply to the a i i fiery 6 local that is pm boots after Ike attack had i started and then obey had to Sre fee Sam. J fierce dashes Ewh time Nii Florese area Type spare Sam air Ift Santa needs helping Ham almost has been contributed to the free press Christmas cheer fond to Date which Wil be tamed Over to the const Mas cheer Board to Aid in their work of providing hampers and gift certificates to the needy. However this a met is far of fran the projected Fig wre of Stem tint the cheer fils it win need to see tint a mpg s Tibe to write pm rests 9 n he to Crew Wey we Tewe see mkt fug 2 i on the basis of what we Bell said we have As much reason to believe font was involved As that it was he did not say what the of i filers saw and gave no further explanation. I reports indicate that control 1 not Only of Hughes s300 million i it Vara investment but of his entire million Industrial and financial Empire May be at stake m the Power struggle that i surfaced Here last week. I piled in the Battle Are executive of Hughes tool co. Of Ifo Astom aex. The family firm he boil his wealth and the staff that handled his operations As the major figure m no Vaoa s Legal gaming in Dosity As Well As state s see Page pm Reis tins Watt and wader cams. Birds Tow pal fish 9oo a fax a imams them saw in Road toll two icy Road conditions and poor i visibility were blamed for the death of two people on the roads during the weekend in Manitoba. Dead Are Terrence Wright 25, of Butler. Man. Diane Wheen Ohi Woovich 17, of beaus Joor Man. The Kemp said or. Wright died saturday after his car rammed a Bridge raft so near Cromar. The Bridge crosses of Pipestone Creek. Palsce said Hiss Oto Odovich did Sonday Afien Axtt in a car Kcf Fitsam Way 44. They Saai was Obradovich was a possessor a Ess Drav Ujj tar 2l kit

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