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GHANA: GHANAIAN LEADER'S NEPHEW, MICHAEL SOUSSOUDIS, ARRIVES HOME AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM THE USA IN A SPY SWAP DEAL.
Ghanaian leader Jerry Rawlings's nephew, Michael Soussoudis, arrived home to a hero's welcome on December 3 after being released from the United States, where he had been held since July on charges of spying. A crowd of 5,000 singing and chanting Ghanaians gathered at Accra's international airport to greet 39-year-old Soussoudis. The gathering cheered as Soussoudis left the plane and many waved banners hailing him a hero and accusing the US of interfering in Ghanaian affairs. A host of government officials were also at the airport to greet Soussoudis. His release came after a spy swap agreement struck last month. He was sent back to Ghana after Accra released eight Ghanaians charged with spying for the US. Soussoudis and his girlfriend, Sharon Scranage, a 29-year-old Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who once worked in Ghana, were arrested in the United States in July and convicted of spying for Ghana. Speaking to reporters at the airport, Soussoudis said he did not feel bitter against the American people but said he was bitter with "a few officials who acted unprofessionally". After leaving the airport, Soussoudis was driven to the Ministry of Defence Burma Camp where Colonel F. A. Ayittey, Commander of the Ministry of Defence, delivered a message of best wishes to him on behalf of the armed forces. Soussoudis later drove to Madina for an emotional reunion with his 96-year-old grandmother.
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|Time code||00:42:15 - 00:44:06|
|Date original||DECEMBER 3, 1985|
|Subset||Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957|
|Sound||NATURAL & ENGLISH SPEECH|
|1.||GV Ghana Airways jet on runway after landing.||0.03|
|2.||GV PAN People waiting on tarmac.||0.07|
|3.||SV ZOOM INTO SCU & GV Michael Soussoudis and entourage walk down aircraft steps and greeted by officials. (2 SHOTS)||0.33|
|4.||GVs & SV Welcoming crowd, chanting and applauding and holding banners aloft. (3 SHOTS)||0.48|
|5.||SV Soussoudis shaking hands with officials.||0.59|
|6.||SV Soussoudis talking to reporters. (English SOT)||1.23|
|7.||SV Crowd cheering as Soussoudis leave the airport.||1.26|
|8.||SV Colonel F. A. Ayittey, Commander of the Ministry of Defence giving message of goodwill to Soussoudis when he visited the Ministry of Defence Burma Camp.||1.32|
|9.||GV Members of armed forces listening to message.||1.36|
|10.||GV ZOOM INTO SV Soussoudis being greeted by his 96-year-old grandmother when he visits her home in Mandina; SV pair talking inside the house. (2 SHOTS)||1.50|
|TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 6) "After such a harrowing experience, how do you feel, bitterness, victory or what? Tell us."|
|SOUSSOUDIS: "To tell you the truth, I am not bitter against the American people. No injury was intended against the American people. It's just that, let me be honest, I'm bitter with a few officials who acted unprofessionally. Let's leave it like that."|
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