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O 181717Z DEC 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8491
Unclas GEORGETOWN 4329
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR (LAYTON, LARRY) (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJ: W/W ARRESTS: LARRY LAYTON
REF: STATE 4318
1. Preliminary hearing into the murders of Congressman Ryan and four other persons resumed December [illegible date]. Two new witnesses testified. Harold Cordell related his experiences with People’s Temple and his view of the events at Jonestown and Port Kaituma on Nov 16-18. He was intensively cross-examined by senior counsel Rex McKay, who accused the witness of being prejudiced against Layton. Gerald Parks also testified, for a brief period.
2. The inquiry was postponed until December 20 by Magistrate [Krishna Veni] Chinta.
BURKE [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]