SUNDAY EXPRESS July 4, 1982

 

            THE SEYCHELLES TRIAL


 

How a British doctor

Shielded mercenaries

 

YOU’LL HAVE TO

SHOOT ME FIRST,

HE TOLD SOLDIERS

 

BY DESMOND BLOW

 

                                 


 

 


VICTORIA – An English doctor saved two mercenaries from being shot by Tanzanian soldiers as they lay shackled to beds in a Seychelles hospital.

 

  Dr. Desmond Fosbery, 42, shielded the men – one a Briton, the other a Zimbabwean – by standing between them and the soldiers.

  He raised his arms and told the soldiers: “Before you kill them, you will have to shoot me. They are my patients and I am responsible for their lives.”

  And Dr. Fosbery, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, must have been an imposing sight. He is tall and gaunt, dresses in yellow Buddhist robes and wears his hair in a bun at the nape of his neck.

  His action saved the lives of Bernard Carey and Aubrey Brooks, left behind in the Seychelles after the abortive coup in November last year.

  But Dr. Fosbery, a converted Buddhist, dismisses his bravery.

  “As a Buddhist I believe one life is just the continuation of the last. So if I had been killed it would have been merely a transition from one life to another.”