[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 439 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The FBI withheld the name of Lloyd Luckhoo, a Guyana attorney. The deleted information was later released by the State Department, and is indicated below by red type.
[The text for this document was released in 2014 by the now-defunct Wikileaks website at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978GEORGE03963_d.html. This URL may be available through the Wayback Machine.]
GEORGE 03963 271832Z
INFO OCT-01 ARA-11 ISO-00 SCS-06 CA-01 SSO-00 H-01 SS-15 JUSE-00 FBIE-00 /038 W
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O 271835Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 8234
C O N F I D E N T I A L GEORGETOWN 3963
E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN) GY
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT OF LOCAL LEGAL COUNSEL
REF: GEORGETOWN 3953 AND PREVIOUS
Attorney Lloyd Luckhoo called ambassador at 1:00 p.m. Nov. 27 to inform him that his brother Sir Lionel Luckhoo had decided not repeat not to undertake the defense of Larry Layton. Luckhoo stated that his decision was unrelated to any possibility that he, Lloyd Luckhoo, might be engaged on behalf of the USG [U.S. Government].
Burke [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]