No. 287.
Mr. Walker to Mr. Bayard.

No. 122.]

Sir: I transmit you the inclosed translation of a law passed a few days ago by the national legislative council.

I am, etc.,

Jno. G. Walker.
[Inclosure in No. 122.—Translation.]

Law 61 of 1888, May 25, clothing the President of the Republic with extraordinary powers.

The national legislative council decrees as follows:

  • Art. 1. The President is hereby authorized—
    To prevent and repress, administratively, all offenses and crimes against the state which affect public order, and may impose, according [to] the gravity of the case, the penalty of imprisonment, expulsion from the country, or deprivation of political rights, for such period as he may deem necessary.
    To repress or prevent, by similar penalties, conspiracies against public order and attempts against public or private property, which may, in his judgment, involve a menace to public order, or a design to create terror in the public mind.
    To strike from the list of the army the names of such officers who, by their conduct, are, in the opinion of the chief magistrate, for the time being, unworthy of the confidence of the Government.
  • Art. 2. The President of the Republic shall have the right of supervision over and inspection of all scientific associations and institutions of learning, and is authorized to suspend for such period as he may deem expedient any society or establishment which, under the mask of learning, may be the focus of revolutionary propaganda or subversive teaching.
  • Art. 3. The measures taken by the President of the Republic shall be carried definitively into effect, in accord with a council of ministers.
  • Art. 4. The imposition of penalties under this law shall not exempt guilty parties from such judicial punishments as may be imposed under the penal code by the judicial authorities.
  • Art. 5. This law shall cease to be effective whenever the Congress of the Republic shall enact a law relating to high national police.

Executive Government,
Bogotá, May 25, 1888.

Publish and execute.

Rafael Nuñez.