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Angola / Mercenaries' Sentences #246649

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 28, 1976
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(Studio) Revolutionary court sentences 4 white mercenaries (1 American and 3 British) to death for their roles in civil war. 9 others receive prison terms. Leader of group, Cypriot-born Costas Georgiou, or "Colonel Tony Callan" recd. death penalty. Vietnam veteran American Dan. Gearhart, 34, also sentenced to die.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kensington, MD) Gearharts have 4 children. [Mrs. GEARHART - says husband thought being mercenary would take care of financial problems. Hopes that sentences won't be carried out. Will be honest with children.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(DC) [State Department spokesperson Frederick BROWN - says death sentence not justified under international law and due to circumstances.] Spokesperson says paying Mrs. Gearhart's fare to Angola hadn't been contemplated.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) American Gary Acker, 21, sentenced to 16 years in prison. Argentine-born Gustavo Grillo recs. 30 years Grillo criticized United States during trial.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Walker, Hal
Duration:
00:02:20

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