Serial 2521

O 141845Z OCT 80
FM SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) (P) (SQD 10)

On October 8, 1980, Federal Grand Jury San Francisco returned true bill charging subject Laurence John Layton with violation of Title 18, USC, Section 351 (A) – Assassination of a Congressman; Section 351 (D) – Conspiracy to Assassinate a Congressman; Section 1116 (a) – Attempted Murder of an Internationally Protected Person (Embassy employee); and Section 1117 – Conspiracy to Murder an Internationally Protected Person;

As the Bureau is aware, subject’s attorney in Guyana was successful in obtaining a court order of restraint preventing subject from leaving Guyana until civil action between subject and his attorney is settled. Hearing is scheduled for October 20, 1980.


United States Attorney, San Francisco is continuing with plans to travel to Guyana with AUSA, DOJ attorney, and SA, FBI, to arrive at Georgetown, Guyana on October 18, 1980, and stay until October 24, 1980. US Attorney entourage will meet with Embassy officials, Government of Guyana (GOG) officials, attempt to interview police officers and traveled to Jonestown and Port Kaituma.

Possibility exists that civil action will be resolved on October 20, 1980, and if possible, negotiations will resume to expedite deportation of Layton. If immediate deportation can be obtained, FBI Agent BQMRA should be immediately available to travel to Guyana to accompany FBI Agent already in Guyana as escort for Layton. Travel itinerary for relay to American Embassy sent separately.

Bureau is requested to approve travel of SA Donald R. Hale to accompany US Attorney entourage to Guyana on October 18, 1980. Bureau is also requested to approve travel of BQMRA case agent [name deleted] should negotiations prove successful.

Armed and dangerous – suicidal tendencies.