(Editor’s note: This is a cable from the files of the State Department 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.)
0 R 231250Z OCT 80
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3376
RUEHFB/FBI WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEBWJA/DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WASHDC IMMEDIATE
REUESP/ AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN IMMEDIATE 3683
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE GEORGETOWN 5121
FBI WASHDC PLEASE PASS FBI SAN JUAN AND FBI SAN FRANCISCO
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR, GY (LAYTON, LAWRENCE [Laurence])
SUBJ: DELAY IN LAYTON CASE
REF: GEORGETOWN 5071; GEORGETOWN 5041
1. (Limited Official Use – entire text).
2. Court hearing held the morning and afternoon of October 22 failed to conclude the matter involving the claim against Lawrence Layton for legal fees and advances. A further hearing has been set for Saturday morning, October 25. We have canceled reservations on the last Pan Am flight out of Guyana and, when the time comes, will probably want to use the new Guyana Airways direct service to Miami, which commences Oct. 26, to get Layton back to the US.
3. The Director of Public Prosecutions informed us October 23 that he would not take action to expel Layton until the present restraining order was lifted. He assured us that Layton would not be allowed to go free in Guyana in the meantime, and that once the decision to expel him was taken, the DPP would give us as much time as we needed to get FBI agents here to take Layton back.
Roberts [George B. Roberts, Jr., American ambassador to Guyana]