RYMUR Serial 2720
Jan 10, 1986 • 0233 • State-Georgetown • 008400

(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.)

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[Listing of agencies receiving informational copies on pdf]

P 100233Z JAN 86
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN PRIORITY
INFO DOJ-FBI SAN FRANCISCO PRIORITY
UNCLAS STATE 008400
E.O. 12356: NA
TAGS: CJAN (U.S. VS LAYTON)
SUBJECT: TRAVEL OF FBI AND AUSA OR PRETRIAL PREPARATIONS IN US VS LAYTON

1. Summary: Department contacted by FBI agent [Donald Hale] concerning travel to Guyana for pretrial preparations for the US vs. Layton trial to begin in April. The purpose of the trip is to interview trial witnesses, conduct a survey of the crime scene for the reconstruction of a trial exhibit, and coordinate with local police and US Embassy officials. [Hale] requests Embassy assistance in obtaining host country clearance, making hotel reservations, appointments, and renting an airplane. End summary.

2. [Hale] and two others, Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) from San Francisco, Michael Nerney, and FBI Lab Specialist, [name deleted] plan to arrive in Georgetown on February 3 at 1300 on BIWI 463. they will depart on

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Friday, February 7.

3. Accommodations: They would like the Embassy to make reservations for them for the nights of Feb 3 through Feb 6 at the Pegasus. They prefer one single and one double.

4. Appointments: They would like to make courtesy calls on the following individuals. Please make appointments.

Ambassador or DCM, as appropriate. Team would like to brief one or both.
Skip Roberts, Commissioner of Police
Director of Public Prosecution

5. Interviews: They will want to interview the following witnesses:

[Jagmahon] (now under contract with Embassy). They will want to see Mahon early since they will need his help to locate another witness, [name deleted].
Other witnesses yet unidentified.

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6. Airplane: [Hale] requested Embassy assistance in chartering an airplane to fly to Port Kaituma early on Wednesday, February 5, and return to Georgetown late the same day. The plan should be large enough to accommodate the three plus any Embassy personnel and Guyanan [Guyanese] officials who may wish to travel with them. The Department of Justice will provide fiscal data to cover the cost of the charter, but Hale must have approximate cost to submit with request to DOJ. We request Embassy reserve inappropriate aircraft for Feb 5 and advise us soonest of approximate cost.

7. Topographical map: Team requests that the Embassy obtain a topographical map of the Port Kaituma airstrip. This is to be used to assist in the site survey and subsequent construction of a model to be used as an exhibit at the trial.

8. Department requests that the Embassy obtain host country clearance for the team, and advise us as soon as it is obtained. Thanks.

Shultz [George Shultz, Secretary of State]

Originally posted on November 18th, 2020.

Last modified on June 21st, 2022.
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