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    IN A PRESS CONFERENCE IN ACCRA LAST THURSDAY (17 DECEMBER), MR. JOHN HARLLEY, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF?

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    LV MR. HARLLEY TALKING TO NEWSMEN
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    CU DITTO SOF
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    TRANSCRIPT: "THE GOVERNMENT, HOWEVER, (INDISTINCT) THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE NOT YET COMPLETED. THE PUBLIC MUST BE INFORMED IN VERY BROAD OUTLINES, OF THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING TO THE ARREST OF AIR MARSHAL OTU AND HIS A.D.C. IN EARLY DECEMBER, 1966, AIR MARSHAL OTU, THEN COMMANDER OF THE GHANA AIR FORCE, PROCEEDED TO LONDON ON (INDISTINCT). ON THE 16TH OF SEPTEMBER, 1968, AIR MARSHAL OTU WENT TO LONDON ON LEAVE. BETWEEN THIS DATE AND THE FIRST OF OCTOBER, 1968, THE AIR MARSHAL AND (INDISTINCT) HELD MEETINGS WITH KWESI ARMAH AND OTHERS TO FORMULATE DETAILED PLANS FOR THE OVERTHROW OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL AND THE RETURN OF NKRUMAH TO GHANA ON OR ABOUT THE 24TH OF DECEMBER, 1968. THE AIR MARSHAL IS SAID TO HAVE PROMISED THAT ON OR ABOUT THE 24TH DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR, HE WOULD CAUSE THE CAPTURE OF VARIOUS STRATEGIC POINTS IN GHANA. SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THESE OPERATIONS, THERE WOULD BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE GHANA BROADCASTING NETWORK THAT NKRUMAH HAD RETURNED AND WAS PROCEEDING TO THE CAPITAL. IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT ON THE 10TH OF OCTOBER, 1968, THAT IS BARELY TEN DAYS AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE LONDON MEETINGS, BETWEEN THE AIR MARSHAL AND KWESI ARMAH AND HIS EXECUTIVES, TWO SOVIET TRAWLERS WERE SPOTTED AT (INDISTINCT) ISLAND, A FEW MILES OFF THE GHANA COAST, THE CREW ENGAGED IN FRIENDLY EXCHANGE WITH THE FISHER-FOLK ON THAT ISLAND. THE RUSSIAN CREW HAVE SINCE SAID THAT THEY WERE ON A (INDISTINCT) EXPEDITION. BUT HAVING REGARD TO THE INFORMATION NOW AT THE DISPOSAL OF THE GOVERNMENT, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE TRAWLERS WERE ON A RECONNAISSANCE MISSION, PURSUANT WITH A PLAN FINALISED IN LONDON BETWEEN THE 16TH OF SEPTEMBER AND THE 1ST OF OCTOBER. IN THIS CONNECTION IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT IN THE COURSE OF INTERROGATION, ONE OF THE CAPTAINS OF THE FISHING TRAWLERS ADMITTED TO THE INTERROGATOR THAT HE CAUSED TO BE DESTROYED THE LOG BOOK, THE RADIO MESSAGE PAD AND OTHER DOCUMENTS WHICH (INDISTINCT) VESSELS NORMALLY CARRY WHILE PLYING ON THE HIGH SEAS. THE TWO TRAWLERS NOW UNDER ARREST AT TO
    KORADI HARBOUR HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY SOME OF THE FORMER GHANAIAN SECURITY OFFICERS RECENTLY RETURNED FROM GUINEA AS TWO OF THREE SOVIET TRAWLERS BASED AT CONAKRY WHOSE OFFICERS WERE IN REGULAR AND CONTINUOUS CONTACT WITH NKRUMAH AND HIS ADVISORS. IT IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT THAT ALTHOUGH THE AIR MARSHAL AND HIS A.D.C. RETURNED TO GHANA ON THE 13TH OCTOBER, 1968, HE DID NOT AT ANY TIME BEFORE HIS ARREST, REPORT (INDISTINCT) THE LONDON MEETINGS WITH KWESI ARMAH AND HIS CREW."




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    Background: IN A PRESS CONFERENCE IN ACCRA LAST THURSDAY (17 DECEMBER), MR. JOHN HARLLEY, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL SAID THAT AIR MARSHAL MICHAEL OTU PLANNED TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT AND RETURN DEPOSED PRESIDENT KWANE NKRUMAH TO POWER BY CHRISTMAS.

    MR. HARLLEY SAID THAT INVESTIGATIONS HAD SHOWN THAT THE FORMER GHANAIAN DEFENCE CHIEF HAD PROMISED PLOTTERS HE WOULD ARRANGE THE CAPTURE OF STRATEGIC POINTS ON OR ABOUT CHRISTMAS EVE.

    MR. HARLLEY, ACTING IN HIS CAPACITY AS COMMISSIONER FOR THE INTERIOR, SAID THAT AS EARLY AS DECEMBER, 1966, AIR MARSHALL OTU HAD BEEN IN CONTACT WITH EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF MR. NKRUMAH'S PROSCRIBED CONVENTION PEOPLE'S PARTY (C.P.P.) IN LONDON, AND HAD AGREED TO ASSIST IN A CONSPIRACY.

    LAST SEPTEMBER, AIR MARSHAL OTU MET FORMER GHANAIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER IN LONDON KWESI ARMAH TO FORMULATE DETAILED PLANS FOR OVERTHROWING THE N.L.C., MR. HARLLEY ADDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB9GA2CQWPXQ3O8WJI9SYEMQBT
    Media URN:
    VLVAB9GA2CQWPXQ3O8WJI9SYEMQBT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:43:00
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    N/A

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