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    THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY TODAY (THURSDAY) CALLED ON BRITAIN TO ARREST RHODESIAN LEADER IAN SMITH AND PUT HIM ON TRIAL FOR THE "MURDER" OF THE THREE AFRICANS IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY.

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    NEWSPAPER ON SALISBURY NEWS STAND; HEADLINES; AFRICANS READ NEWSPAPER; SMITH LEAVES HIS OFFICE BY CAR; TELEVISION NEWSREADER IN SALISBURY READING THE REGIME'S STATEMENT ON THE HANGING. (SOF).



    NEWSREADER: THE COURT EXPRESSLY STATED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD NO RIGHT TO EXERCISE THE PREROGATIVE OF MERCY IN RHODESIA. IN TERMS OF THOSE JUDGEMENTS THERE IS NO DOUBT AT ALL THAT THE ACTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN PURPORTING TO REPRIEVE THESE PRISONERS WAS WHOLLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. NO ACTION IN RELATION TO THE EXERCISE OF THE PREROGATIVE OF MERCY CAN BE TAKEN IN RHODESIA EXCEPT ON THE ADVICE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE RHODESIAN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, CONSISTING OF MINISTERS OF THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT. THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN METICULOUS IN ENSURING THAT THEY HAD THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO EXERCISE THE PREROGATIVE OF MERCY AND THAT THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY HAVE EXERCISED THE POWER HAS BEEN BOTH JUST AND IN TERMS OF THE LAW. IT WILL BE REMEMBERED TOO THAT MR. THOMSON, THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, SAID RECENTLY, THAT AS REGARDS RHODESIA, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD RESPONSIBILITIES WITHOUT POWER. HAVING REGARD TO THE STATEMENTS OF MR. JONES AND MR. THOMSON, THE IRRESPONSIBILITY AND CYNICISM OF THE ACTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN RELATION TO THE RHODESIAN CASES IS FULLY REVEALED. THIS ACTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS ALL THE MORE TO BE DEPLORED BECAUSE THEY HAVE BROUGHT IN THE NAME OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN. MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE BEEN MISLED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT INTO THINKING THAT HER MAJESTY HAS EXERCISED THIS POWER PERSONALLY. THE TRUE POSITION IS, OF COURSE, THAT HER MAJESTY IS BOUND TO ACT ON THE EVIDENCE...ON THE ADVICE...OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. SHE HAS NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER, SO THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS IS THEIRS AND THEIRS ALONE.




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    Background: THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY TODAY (THURSDAY) CALLED ON BRITAIN TO ARREST RHODESIAN LEADER IAN SMITH AND PUT HIM ON TRIAL FOR THE "MURDER" OF THE THREE AFRICANS IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY.

    MEANWHILE THE CENSORS OF THE RHODESIAN REGIME TODAY DELETED FROM LOCAL NEWSPAPERS THE REPORTS OF INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS OVER THE HANGINGS. THE REGIME'S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, COMPRISING IAN SMITH AND MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET, WAS TODAY BELIEVED TO BE CONSIDERING THE POSSIBLE EXECUTION OF MORE AFRICANS HELD IN PRISON.

    LARGE WHITE SPACES ON THE FRONT AND INSIDE PAGES OF THE RHODESIA HERALD WHERE THE ONLY EVIDENCE TODAY OF THE STORIES OBJECTED BY THE REGIME CENSORS. AMONG THE REPORTS DELETED WAS THE EXPRESSION OF "DEEP SENSE OF SHOCK AND OUTRAGE" BY MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER. MEANWHILE, THE RHODESIAN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MET IN SALISBURY TODAY, AND IT'S BELIEVED THEY CONSIDERED THE CASES OF SIX AFRICANS WHO HAVE BEEN HELD IN PRISON FOR UP TO TWO YEARS AND ONE SENTENCED TO BE HANGED.

    THE IS THE WAY THE ILLEGAL RHODESIAN REGIME EXPLAINED WHY IT IGNORED THE REPRIEVE GRANTED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH AND HANGED THE THREE AFRICANS....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7VC8HZYB3R211S1D2IZDHMKV1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VC8HZYB3R211S1D2IZDHMKV1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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