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South Africa / Biko Inquest Verdict #249973

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 02, 1977
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(Studio) Verdict in inquest with regard to death of south African black activist Steve Biko, clearing security police, and reaction of State Department detailed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pretoria, South Africa) Report on inquest proceedings, verdict reached by magistrate Marthinus Prins and Thursday's summation by Biko family attorney Sydney Kentridge. Spontaneous protest by blacks waiting for verdict outside court and arrest of Biko's brother Khaya, cousin Solomon and other blacks in Soweto prior to inquest verdict announcement noted. Comments re: situation by Mrs. Biko and wife of banned editor Don. Woods cited. [Wendy WOODS - says recent actions haven't helped already tense situation.] Fears that verdict frees police in cases of treatment of political detainees described.
REPORTER: Robin Wright Unsigned sketches

(DC) Report on State Department reaction to verdict. Statement by assistant secretary Richard Moose quoted. [Spokesperson Hodding CARTER - says Department is shocked over verdict, considering evidence.] Prospects for US-South Africa relations and hopes that Prime Min. John Vorster will moderate racial policy noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Wright, Robin

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