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    THE SMITH REGIME YESTERDAY (MONDAY) HANGED TWO MORE AFRICANS IN SALISBURY PRISON. MR SMITH'S EXECUTIVE?

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    MINISTERS' CARS LEAVING SMITH RESIDENCE AFTER MEETING; RELATIVES WAITING OUTSIDE PRISON FOLLOWING DAY; CHAPLAIN AND DOCTOR ENTERING PRISON; EXECUTION NOTICE PINNED ON DOOR; AFRICANS LOOKING AT NOTICE; HANGED MAN'S WIFE CRYING.




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    Background: THE SMITH REGIME YESTERDAY (MONDAY) HANGED TWO MORE AFRICANS IN SALISBURY PRISON. MR SMITH'S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CONSISTED THE CASES OF 15 AFRICAN PRISONERS IN A MIDNIGHT MEETING AT MR SMITH'S RESIDENCE ON SUNDAY, AND DECIDED TO HANG TWO AND REPRIEVE NINE. THE FATE OF THE REMAINING FOUR IS NOT KNOWN.

    RELATIVES OF THE TWO HANGED MEN WERE KEPT IN IGNORANCE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DECISION UNTIL A NOTICE WAS POSTED ON THE DOOR OF SALISBURY PRISON SHORTLY AFTER NINE A.M. YESTERDAY, CERTIFYING THAT THEY HAD BEEN EXECUTED. THE LAWYERS, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE REPRIEVED MEN WERE ALSO NOT OFFICIALLY TOLD OF THE COUNCIL'S DECISION.

    THE HANGED MEN WERE TWO MURDERERS, FRANCIS CHIRISA AND TAKASURAYE JEREMIAH. WHEN THE NOTICE WAS READ OUT AT THE PRISON GATE JEREMIAH'S WIFE BROKE DOWN AND WEPT INCONSOLABLY. SHE AND HER CHILD WERE EVENTUALLY TAKEN HOME BY RELATIVES.

    YESTERDAY'S EXECUTIONS HAVE VIRTUALLY DESTROYED ANY HOPE OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN RHODESIA AND GREAT BRITAIN. BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY GEORGE THOMSON SAID IN LONDON TODAY THAT THE HANGINGS WERE A FURTHER DEMONSTRATION OF THE BREAKAWAY REGIME'S DISREGARD FOR LAW.

    THE DOUBLE EXECUTION TOOK PLACE AFTER THREE OTHER AFRICANS HAD BEEN EXECUTED FOR MURDER IN SALISBURY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADZAVGAT9L22ZF3NIZGR4V3BSJ
    Media URN:
    VLVADZAVGAT9L22ZF3NIZGR4V3BSJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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