Seven Dominican urban guerrillas, who had held seven hostages in Santo Domingo --Dominica's capital -- for 12 days.
GV Aircraft on runway
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GV Kidnappers speak to newsmen
GV & CU Barbara Hutchison at news conference
NEWSMAN: "Were you mistreated at all, was there ever a time when you felt you might not get out of it alive?"
MISS HUTCHISON: "No. We were not mistreated at all. There were tense moments."
NEWSMAN: "Do you recommend this as a good way to give up cigarettes?"
MISS HUTCHISON: "Well, I would also recommend it as a good way to lose seven pounds. But I didn't intend to lose it this way."
NEWSMAN: "What have you done since you've been released?"
MISS HUTCHISON: "Well -- first of all -- I got into that air-conditioned car that felt like a refrigerator ... after no air-conditioning at all. And it arrived here; and there was a double-vodka-martini waiting. And then I showered -- I didn't have time to wash my hair -- but then I had dinner and that was it."
NEWSMAN: "How does it feel?"
MISS HUTCHISON: "Marvellous."
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Background: Seven Dominican urban guerrillas, who had held seven hostages in Santo Domingo --Dominica's capital -- for 12 days. freed their captives and flew to Panama City on Wednesday (9 October).
They were taken to a military hospital. One of the guerrillas required treatment for a bullet wound in the foot which he received accidentally during the siege.
Earlier, the guerrillas had released the hostages in Santo Domingo, unharmed.
They originally asked for a one-million-dollar (420,00-sterling) ranson from the United States Government or threatened to blow up the hostages.
The siege took place in the Venezuelan Consulate in Santo Domingo. Among the hostages was the United State's Information Attache, Miss Barbara Hutchison. After her release Miss Hutchison told newsmen that the hostages had developed "something of a friendship" with their captors.