Feb 05, 1980 • 1028 • Georgetown-State • 0518

R 051028Z FEB 80
FR AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1635
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 0518
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR, GY (LAYTON, LAWRENCE V.), (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJ: CONOFF’S VISIT TO LAWRENCE LAYTON
REF: GEORGETOWN 0075

1. Conoff visited Layton in Georgetown prison February 1, 1980.

REF: GEORGETOWN 0075

1. Conoff visited Layton in Georgetown prison February 1, 1980. Interview was conducted by Consul, who delivered a letter sent c/o Embassy. Layton stated that he continues to receive outside mail regularly.

2. As per reftel, prison authorities had agreed to Embassy request for inspection of Layton’s cell and other prison facilities. Conoffs were accompanied on inspection tour by Superintendent of Prisons, and found size of cells adequate.

3. Layton showed no signs of deliberate physical or psychological abuse, and Conoffs found his general physical condition and appearance improved. In response to Consul’s questions, Layton stated that his outside meal plan was satisfactory, and that he was continuing to receive regular vitamin supplements and outdoor exercise periods. Layton had no specific medical complaints.

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4. In response to Layton’s inquiry about the status of legal proceeding against him, Consul stated that local newspapers had reported that formal indictment was imminent. Consul further reminded Layton that, while the USG was not taking any position on the legal merits of the case, Embassy would continue to press for prompt judicial treatment.

Roberts

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Originally posted on June 13th, 2022.

Last modified on June 16th, 2022.
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