Britain's Lord Privy Seal, Edward Heath, arrived at Bahrein (in the Persian Gulf) Jan 15 to meet the Ruler, Sheikh Sulman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and to visit the Bahrein prison on the nearby island of Kidda.
SV Mr. Heath and British Political Resident for Persian Gulf (Sir George Middleton) greeted by son of Ruler of Bahrein.
SV Mr. Heath posing with Ruler's son.
LV Cars drive through Muharraq town from airport.
GV Ruler's Palace, Bahrein.
SV Mr. Heath passing guard of honour at arrival at Palace.
SV Mr. Heath being greeted by Ruler.
SV PAN..Ruler and Mr. Heath walk into Palace.
LV Launch outside Budaia jetty.
SV Mr. Brown followed by Mr. Heath stepping down from jetty.
SV Ditto, stepping into small boat.
SV Mr. Brown and Mr. Heath and others in small boat which is taking them out to launch.
LV Launch leaves with Mr. Brown and Mr. Heath aboard.
EDITORS: Prod. No. 8242/60, "Asylum Plea made for three political prisoners on St. Helena Island," also refers.
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Background: Britain's Lord Privy Seal, Edward Heath, arrived at Bahrein (in the Persian Gulf) Jan 15 to meet the Ruler, Sheikh Sulman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and to visit the Bahrein prison on the nearby island of Kidda. For his visit to Kidda, Jan 16, Mr Heath was joined by George Brown, deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party.
The Ruler and Mr. Heath discussed the future of three Bahrein political prisoners now held by Britain on the South Atlantic island of St. Helene since 1956. They were taken there after being sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by a Bahrein court for plotting the assassination of the 64-year-old Ruler. The Ruler has now requested their return, but some British Members of Parliament feared that if they went back they would themselves be assassinated.
Bahrain is not a British crown colony but is under British protection. After the visit to Kidda, Mr. Heath said he had talked with two of the prisoners there. They look perfectly well and had no major complaints. They wore their own clothes and saw their relatives monthly. This disproved statements about the way prisoners were being treated and the way "other prisoners would be treated", he said. Of the prisoners on St. Helena, Mr. Heath said his talks with the Ruler were confidential.