A former Tanzanian Government minister was released on Wednesday (26 April) after spending six years in prison on charges of plotting has assassination of Zanzibar Head of State, Sheikh Abeid Karume.
GV & SV: Former Tanzanian Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Mr. Abdul Rahman Babu seated. (2 SHOTS)
SCU: Babu speaking to reporter in English. (5 SHOTS)
REPORTER: "Did you have anything to do with the assassination of Sheikh Karume?"
BABU: "Absolutely none. I don't know anything about it. I only heard of it from the radio, and suddenly I believe some people began to trace my movements, security people. I was under very close surveillance."
REPORTER:"To your knowledged who was behind the assassination of Sheikh Karume?"
BABU:"I think Humud himself, for obvious reasons. It's well known know that his father was killed by the regime and the... and I believe he had...he wanted to avenge his father. And this is known to the authorities. It is known to the authorities, and I believe and when they... when Humud took the guns from the prison headquarters according to my information they had known earlier, the people in the know, knew that some guns had been stolen, that Humud did steal them...but they did nothing about it."
REPORTER:"What will you do now. Will you stay in Tanzania, will you go to Zanzibar, will you leave the country?"
BABU:"I think I'll stay in Tanzania with friends. I'll try and see the President and have discussions with him and see what he has in mind, and I don't have any plans at the moment, but it will all depend on what the President says and also it depends on my comrades, you know, who are at the moment still up country (INDISTINCT) together. We hope to decide what we are expected to do, together."
REPORTER:"Right, thank you."
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Background: A former Tanzanian Government minister was released on Wednesday (26 April) after spending six years in prison on charges of plotting has assassination of Zanzibar Head of State, Sheikh Abeid Karume. The former minister, Mr. Abdul Rahman Babu, was one of 13 detainees who were freed on pardon by Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere in an amnesty to mark the 14th anniversary of the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar. After his release Mr. Babu strenuously denied any involvement in the assassination, and said the believed an army lieutenant. Humud Mohamed, carried out the shooting to avenge his father's death. Mr. Babu said he learnt of his release only half an hour before he was freed.
SYNOPSIS: Fifty-four-year-old Mr. Babu was the Tanzanian Minister of Economic Planning and Development until he was dismissed from the cabinet shortly before his detention in 1972. The day after his release he spoke to newsmen.