Following reports from the People's Republic of China, alleging that American businessman Hugh Redmond committed suicide there 3 months ago, his sister has told reporters she doubts he would have killed himself.
CU Photographs of Redmond
CU Redmond's sister, Mrs Ruth Boyle speaks to pressmen
SV EXTERIOR..Lawyer's office
SV INTERIOR..Lawyer seated at desk
CV Lawyer Mr Sol Friedman speaks
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Mrs Boyle, do you believe you brother actually committed suicide?"
MRS BOYLE: "No, I don't. The Chinese claim he killed himself with an American razorblade which we had sent to him. After being in jail he had plenty of opportunity all these years we've been sending razorblade....if he had wanted to kill himself he would have done it before this. I don't believe it. And why did they cremate the body so that nobody could tell whether he was tortured to death or killed himself as they claim?"
SEQ. 5: LAWYER: "I'm going to call the International Red Cross. I'm going to call the Washington office first, and the request office in Washington, and ask them to conduct an inquiry into the background of the alleged suicide of Hugh Redmond. I'm going to ask that his ashes be returned if in fact he's dead. I'm going to ask that we get a death certificate that he's dead. I'm going to ask why they cremated his body without sending it back.... Why they cremated his body without having an overseer look into it. They know that people are going to make enquiries and ask questions, or they should have realised that these questions would be posed and asked. Why would they wait 3 months to make an announcement of a man's death?"
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Background: Following reports from the People's Republic of China, alleging that American businessman Hugh Redmond committed suicide there 3 months ago, his sister has told reporters she doubts he would have killed himself.
News of Redmond's death was announced by the People's Republic of China at the same time as confirmation that they had released a Roman Catholic Bishop who had been held prisoner for some years.
Just hours after the news of Redmond's death reached America, his sister, Mrs Ruth Boyle, was questioned by a reporter.
Redmond's lawyer was also questioned.