Francois Pelou, the Rio de Janeiro chief correspondent for the French news agency, Agence France Presse, arrived at Orly airport, Paris today (Sunday 27th December) after being released by the Brazilian secret police and expelled from the country.
LV EXT Orly Airport.
SCU Pelou through airport.
SV Pelou surrounded by reporters.
CU pelou SOF.
TRANSCRIPT: No, I wasn't tortured, not at all. I was threatened, pushed around like in any police interrogation. But it was never hard, and I was not tortured. they put me in a simply disgusting cell. As far as menaces go, I think that it wasn't far from putting moral pressure on me to put me in a disgusting cell, which was so small - one metre 70 long (five feet) that I couldn't lie down. My head was touching one wall and my feet the other. I had an empty straw mattress full of sweat and blood-strains. A man was taken out of the cell to make room for me, and the next morning the first things the prisoners asked me was whether they had hurt me, hurt me a lot, and I said no, they haven't touched me yet. When I went out to go to the toilet, because the only piece of furniture in my room, the Nestle tin was full, I saw that there was a notice on the door of my cell 'Incommunicades' - Incommunicado, which meant of course that no one was allowed to speak to me.
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Background: Francois Pelou, the Rio de Janeiro chief correspondent for the French news agency, Agence France Presse, arrived at Orly airport, Paris today (Sunday 27th December) after being released by the Brazilian secret police and expelled from the country. M. Pelou had been arrested after he was given a letter--containing the demands of the kidnappers of Swiss Ambassador Giovanni Bucher-- at a street-corner rendezvous following an anonymous telephone call. M. Pelou spoke to reporters about he conditions of his imprisonment.
The Brazilian Government has agreed to release 70 political prisoners as ransom for the Swiss Ambassador who was kidnapped on December 7 and threatened with execution unless the ransom demands are met. The Government has refused to release 13 of the named prisoners but has asked the kidnappers to name a further 13 instead.