CBS Evening News for Friday, May 06, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Sister of released French hostage reported asserting American hostages attempting to escape captors were brutally beaten. Reports introd.
(Paris, France: Doug Tunnell) Ex-hostage Jean-Paul Kauffmann shown after arriving in Paris. Kauffmann noted asserting he shared cell with American Frank Reed; details given. Kauffmann quoted with regard to treatment by pro-Iranian kidnappers. Kauffmann reported denying stmts. made with regard to American hostages. [Wife Joelle KAUFFMANN - comments on husband's remarks.] Kauffmann's account noted first to acknowledge physical abuse of American hostages.
(DC: David Martin) United States government officials reported having no confirmation of Jean-Paul Kauffmann's claims with regard to physical mistreatment of American hostages. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says wants info.] [Ex-hostage David JACOBSEN - says beatings occur.] Secretary of State George Shultz shown adding name of hostage William Buckley to memorial honoring those killed in line of duty. Reports of hostages being tortured noted triggering Iran/Contra scandal. [Center for Strategic and International Studies spokesperson Robert HUNTER - comments on pressure on Reagan administration] United States officials noted asserting terrorist policy remaining intact. [REDMAN - says United States government is concerned re: hostages.]
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