In Rhodesia, Bishop Donal Lamont has made a last-ditch attempt to avoid being deported. Last?
GV Court building in Salisbury
GV Bishop Lamont entering court building (2 shots)
SV Two nuns being shown way into court
GV Court building, Rhodesian flag flying
SCU Lamont speaking to reporters
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5
REPORTER: If you do have to go, what will you do? Will you go to Rome to see the Pope?
LAMONT: Obviously, l'd have to report to the Holy Father, yes.
REPORTER: What will you be telling him?
LAMONT: I've no idea. I know that he will be supporting me in the stand I've taken because he's referred to it more than once in the most public manner.
REPORTER: What chance do you think you have of remaining in the country?
LAMONT: I don't think there's any chance except to go to prison. The law must taken its course, and the only alternative would be to do the sentence imposed on me.
REPORTER: Would you be prepared to do that?
LAMONT: Oh obviously I must. I'm quite serious about this. It's not a joking matter. No, I knew from the word go that it was a serious matter and that when I told the sister not to argue with, what they call terrorists, that...to give the medicines that they required, I knew what I was undertaking. It wasn't a rapid decision because we had enough experience beforehand to realise that one day or other I would be put in that position.
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Background: In Rhodesia, Bishop Donal Lamont has made a last-ditch attempt to avoid being deported. Last October he was convicted of failing to report the presence of black nationalist guerrillas in his diocese of Emptily in eastern Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: At Salisbury's tiny Water Court on Wednesday (16 March) he exercised his right under Rhodesian law of appointing a commissioner to examine the reasons behind the Government's intention to deport him. He arrived at the court to hear submissions being placed on his behalf before Judge J.B. Macaulay.
The Judge will advise the Law and Order Minister, M. Hilary Squires, if he has the right to strip the Bishop of his Rhodesian citizen ship. The Government cannot deport Rhodesians without first taking away their citizenship. It was announced last month that Bishop Lamont was to be deported when his original ten years prison sentence was reduced. After the hearing, he spoke to newsmen.
Afterwards, the Bishop returned to the Salisbury Hospital where he is being allowed to convalesce from a back injury he suffered in a car accident.