• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: In the nine months since the civil war in Chad, in central Africa, came to an end, the Libyan-backed government of President Goukouni Queddei has attempted to restore order in the countryside and in the capital, N'Djamena.

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    SV Army land rovers carrying prisoners onto field. (3 SHOTS)
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    2.
    LV Prisoner with hands tied taken from land rover.
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    3.
    LV Second prisoner taken from land rover.
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    4.
    SV Prisoners tied to stake. (2 SHOTS)
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    GV Firing squad marching onto field as crowd look on.
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    GV Firing squad taking position.
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    SV Officers look on.
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    8.
    GV Firing partly of 12 soldiers execute prisoners.
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    LV Officer firing pistol into prisoners head.
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    10.
    LV Body slumped on stake.
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    11.
    SV Firing squad marching off.
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    12.
    SV PAN FROM Officers and doctor TO slumped body still tied to stake (2 SHOTS)
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    13.
    CU Second body slumped on stake.
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: In the nine months since the civil war in Chad, in central Africa, came to an end, the Libyan-backed government of President Goukouni Queddei has attempted to restore order in the countryside and in the capital, N'Djamena.

    SYNOPSIS: N'Djamena was the scene of some of the most bitter fighting of the civil war in Chad. Now the government is determined to impose order and consolidate its authority. One means is publicly executing criminals convicted of murder. President Goukouni's rule is not so secure in the rest of the country, however, and these executions are a warning to dissident elements. Several thousand spectators watched two criminals executed in a public ceremony at N'Djamena's horse racing stadium.

    A firing parry of 12 soldiers was used in each execution. The two had been found guilty of murder and condemned to death. One of them, Abakar Mahamat, was arrested by units of the Presidential Guard. Apparently Mahamat, 17, had tried to visit President Goukouni and in a scuffle with guards a bystander had killed.

    Claims for clemency for the convicted men had been dismissed by the Prosecuting Council who maintained that it was their duty to defend the people against murderers and assassins. Although President Goukouni's government insists that the civil war in Chad is over, reports indicate that armed resistance continues in several parts of the country. The government hopes that the executions will be seen as an example to any armed opposition.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAVWJ8D7IVN6BY0RT3AT6GAJ0D
    Media URN:
    VLVAVWJ8D7IVN6BY0RT3AT6GAJ0D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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