Lady Amalia Fleming, widow of penicillin discoverer Sir Alexander Fleming was today(Sunday, 14 November) freed from an Athens prison, expelled from Greece and flown as an exile to London.
SCU Lady Fleming down steps & enters car (2 shots)
MV Reporter around car & car away (2 shots)
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: INTERVIEWER: "When did you first hear that you were going to be sent to this country?
LADY FLEMING: Half past seven this morning when the police came to fetch me. They would not tell me I was going to be expelled.
INTERVIEWER: What did they say?
LADY FLEMING: Well, I was in bed because I had two days ago some sort of heart trouble and I was in bed on doctors' orders. mustn't get up until Monday noon when they had a second electro-cardiogram. So I told them I couldn't get up and they said the police wanted to see me. So I said I mustn't get up, so they insisted, so they took me away. The gave me even the address of the place where we were going, but of course I saw we were going to the airport. And I said you're going to the airport, - so we did. So they said you're going to be expelled. That's when I learnt".
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Background: Lady Amalia Fleming, widow of penicillin discoverer Sir Alexander Fleming was today(Sunday, 14 November) freed from an Athens prison, expelled from Greece and flown as an exile to London.
For nearly an hour after the plane landed at London's Heathrow Airport, Lady Fleming, 62, refused to disembark. "I thought I would stay on the plane and it would take me back", she explained alter to newsmen. But she was persuaded to leave by immigration officials.
Last month Lady Fleming - who is Greek-born but also holds a British passport - had been a suspended 16-month prison sentence, She was found guilty of plotting to free Alexander Panagoulis, imprisoned for trying to assassinate Greek Premier George Papadopoulos in August 1968.
At a press conference at London airport, she declared that she would launch a vigorous political campaign against the Greek government.