Seventy-year-old Antonis Pharmakides, Cypriot editor of anti-Makarios paper "Ethniki", kidnapped and held bound and blindfolded for 12 days, was recuperating in his sister's Nicosia home May 6.
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Background: Seventy-year-old Antonis Pharmakides, Cypriot editor of anti-Makarios paper "Ethniki", kidnapped and held bound and blindfolded for 12 days, was recuperating in his sister's Nicosia home May 6.
British police guarded the house and at first refused to allow any visitors; even Mr. Pharmakides' friend, former Nicosia mayor Dr.Dervis was denied admittance.
Later in the day press and photographers were allowed in, but excitement caused Mr.Pharmakides to collapse; his sister read a statement he had prepared, excusing his captors. "What they did to me stemmed from patriotic motives." He also thanked Archbishop Makarios for the appeal he made for the kidnappers to release him.
Mr.Pharmakides was found in a cave 6 miles from Nicosia after an anonymous phone call to the police; they have had so many false alarms over the phone since "Ethniki's" editor was seized that they nearly took action on this call.
The kidnapping was the climax to a vigorous campaign against the anti-Makarios press, in which writer was attacked, paper boys have been threatened, and distribution vans ambushed.