• Short Summary

    Canadian journalist, Gerald Utting, arrived in London on Wednesday (13 July) after almost three weeks detention in a Ugandan prison.

  • Description

    1.
    GV: Ugandan airlines aircraft on tarmac at Stanstead, U.K.
    0.08

    2.
    SV: airport building with sign Stanstead airport.
    0.11

    3.
    CU: Mr Utting interviewed by crowd of journalists surrounding him.
    2.14


    UTTING: "I was kept in the Nakembi Military prison in Kampala."



    REPORTER: "And how were you treated there."



    UTTING: "I think I was probably treated the same as any other prisoner."



    REPORTER: "Did you see President Amin."



    UTTING: "Yes I did."



    REPORTER: "And what was the sort of conversation....and what was the sort of relationship you developed with him."



    UTTING: "Well, I interviewed President Amin, formally and took notes, and then I was invited into the massage room at a place called Cape Town Billet."



    REPORTER: "Did you go on holiday with him."



    UTTING: "No."



    REPORTER: "Did you hear anything about the other Britons. Mrs Scanlon, we haven't heard about at all."



    UTTING: "I know nothing about Mrs Scanlon."



    REPORTER: "What about the assassination attempt?"



    UTTING: "Well if they hit him they hit him well invisible bullets because I saw President Amin being massaged and he has no bullet wounds anywhere.



    REPORTER: "Can you tell me a little more about how you were treated. What were conditions like in the prison?"



    UTTING: "It was not very clean, I slept on a concrete floor on a palliasse, a 20 years old palliasse probably, and I had a blanket, I was fed twice a day with a cupful of boiled beans and maize cake."



    REPORTER: "Were you tried. Were you tried?"



    UTTING: "No."



    REPORTER: "Were you given a trial of any sort? How were you released, could you describe that to us. What happened to make them let you go?"



    UTTING: "I don't know, they decided to let me go."



    REPORTER: "Did you see President Amin after your release?"



    UTTING: "NO."



    REPORTER: "Why did they decide to release you?"



    UTTING: "That would only be conjecture."



    REPORTER: "Can you think of any reason for your arrest, for your incarceration?"



    UTTING: "I'm a foreign journalist."



    REPORTER: "Why did you go without a visa, Mr Utting?"



    UTTING: "Commonwealth citizens do not require a visa to enter Uganda."



    REPORTER: "So why were you arrested?"



    UTTING "Because they wanted to arrest me."



    REPORTER: "Were you charged with anything at all?"



    UTTING: "That depends what you mean by being charged."



    REPORTER: "Was there a trial of any sort?"



    UTTING: "No."



    REPORTER: "What were conditions live in Uganda, Mr Utting, could you describe?"



    UTTING: "Interesting, interesting, I have to go and write for my own newspaper."




    Initials RH/0130



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Canadian journalist, Gerald Utting, arrived in London on Wednesday (13 July) after almost three weeks detention in a Ugandan prison. Mr Utting was formally arrested in Uganda for entering the country without a visa. The Toronno Star reporter said he was treated well and was fed twice a day with a cupful of boiled beans and maizo cake. Ugandan President, Idi Amin, has described Utting's arrest as a lesson for all those who want to play with Uganda.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Utting, was brought to London by Ugandan aircraft. He talked to a large group of reporters at the airport about his detention.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2S3JVTVO1UQ9ZI94P01C7YSP9
    Media URN:
    VLVA2S3JVTVO1UQ9ZI94P01C7YSP9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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