RYMUR Serial 2570
Nov 10, 1980 • 1805 • Georgetown-State • 5432

(Editor’s notes: The name in this serial who is deleted is FBI Special Agent Donald Hale, whose name appears more than 25 times in RYMUR serials. The deleted information from the memorandum – designated by brackets – which is known to the editor has been indicated by red type.

(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.)

O R 101805Z NOV 80
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4058
RUEHFB/FBI WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEBWJA/DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WASHDC IMMEDIATE
BT
CONFIDENTIAL
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE GEORGETOWN 5432
FBI WASHDC PLEASE PASS FBI SAN JUAN AND FBI SAN FRANCISCO
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR, GY (LAYTON, LAURENCE)
SUBJ: LAYTON NOW SCHEDULED TO BE EXPELLED NOVEMBER 14
REF: GEORGETOWN 5310

1. The injunction against Layton’s leaving the country has been lifted. Layton remains in custody with existing criminal charges still pending against him. The Director of Public Prosecutions informed the Embassy November 10 that he was prepared to proceed with submission of a “nole prosequi” notice and, in cooperation with the Chief Immigration Officer, to expel Layton at a time convenient to the USG [United States Government]. He said he could now foresee nothing of a legal nature that would interfere with this plan. On the basis of the DPP’s assurances, we agreed that Layton should be placed on the November 14 Guyana Airways (GAC) flight for Miami and that USG official should be present to escort him back.

2. We intend to confirm flight arrangements with GAC later this week, utilizing three of the seats reserved for US Attorney Hunter’s party on the November 14 flight. FBI San Francisco should not repeat not cancel these reservations.

3. We continue to have some doubts that all will go according to plan on November 14. There is no guarantee that Layton’s lawyers here will not think of some new device to prevent his departure. In addition, the Chief Immigration Officer has refused an informal request by Emboff [Embassy officer] for a meeting to discuss details for November 14. However, on the basis of DPP [Emanuel] Ramao’s assurances, Embassy believes we must proceed on the assumption that Layton will be expelled as is now planned. Consequently, we recommend that FBI Special Agent [Donald Hale] make the necessary arrangements to accompany Layton to the US the morning of November 14.

4. Department please pass above information ASAP to Special Agent [Hale]. Office phone 415-552-2155, home phone 415 [member to leave]. Please convey to [Hale] that to the extent possible we would prefer to avoid any publicity over the explosion of Layton until after he is out of Guyana.

Roberts [George B. Roberts, Jr., American ambassador to Guyana]

BT

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Originally posted on November 14th, 2020.

Last modified on June 21st, 2022.
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