[Editor’s note: This is a State Department cable that was included in the FBI’s 2009 RYMUR release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It was not included in the State Department’s own release, but we have included identifying information for it using the agency’s designations.
[A full text of the serial below – without deletions – appears at Serial 2328. The names deleted from the text below appear in red type.]
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P R 231215 OCT 79
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 856
INFO AMEMBSSY BOGOTA
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BOGOTA FOR LEGATT
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR, GY (LAYTON, LARRY)
SUBJ: ORAGO CONFESSION OF LARRY LAYTON
REF: GEORGETOWN 4437
1. Following is text of oral confession of Larry Layton as received from Director of Public Prosecutions.
2. Begin text: [Mortimer Kansin Ally] sworn states: I live at Port Kaituma and am employed as a [Supernumerary Constable at Port Kaituma]. On 18 November, 1978, I was at the Port Kaituma outpost. There I saw the accused (identified). The accused was taken into the outpost by one [Clement Liladrie] (identified) and one [Joel Clementson. Liladrie] told us that the accused was involved in the Port Kaituma shooting. He did not say anything more. I asked the accused if it was true. Then the accused said, “Yes, I was one of the persons involved in the shooting”.
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I said “What” he said “Yes, I shot the motherfuckers”. I turned and faced him and asked “What?” He again replied, “Yes, I shot the fuckers.” He did not say anything else. Then I searched him. He had on yachting shoes, socks. I asked him to take them off. He took them off. I then placed them in the lockups. When I searched him I did not find anything on him. (Sgd.) [M. Kansin Ally].
Taken by me in the presence of the accused and read over to the above named witness who declared the same to be correct and signed it at the court at Georgetown, this 29th day of December, 1978, the accused, the witness and I being all present together at the time of the reading and signing hereof and the accused having had a full opportunity to cross-examining the witness. K. [Krishna Veni] Chinta Magistrate Georgetown Magisterial District. End text.
Dwyer [Richard Dwyer, Deputy Chief of Mission, American Embassy, Georgetown]