Algeria: End in Captivity

The timing was inauspicious. Exactly nine years earlier, the Republic of Congo had been founded. Two years earlier, onetime Congo Premier Moise Tshombe had been skyjacked to Algiers during a holiday flight. Then, on the eve of the double anniversary, Tshombe, 49, was found dead by a servant. Eight Algerian physicians and three French doctors called in by the Algerian government concluded that he had died in his sleep. An autopsy later indicated natural death; the cause was not listed.

Prior to his death, according to his Algerian hosts (who played no part in his kidnaping by a French...

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