Monday, December 17, 2007
ACCUSED MERCENARY MAKES ROOFTOP ESCAPE—from his own home!
PICTURED: John Banks flees from his home.
4th June 1975
Mystery man Jon Banks made a dramatic exit from a Press conference on Tuesday (3-6-75) after denying that he is recruiting an army of mercenaries to fight the Smith regime in Rhodesia. In an attempt to avoid photographers he crawled across a rooftop on his hands and knees. Then he was driven away. During the conference, at his home in Sandhurst, Berkshire, he said the men he was recruiting were going to work as security guards in Middle East oilfields. Banks, 32, who was discharged from the Parachute Regiment five years ago, added: "The men will guard oilfields in Iraq. The story of the mercenary army for Rhodesia was just a ruse."