File No. 837.13/5.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
Habana, March 4, 1913—12 noon.
In final form the amnesty bill covers, in addition to rebellion and incitement thereto, the following common crimes and misdemeanors when prosecutable by the State—that is to say, without formal complaint of alleged party:
- Article 1. Those committed through medium of the press, engraving or other mechanical means, or by word of mouth; those committed by persons who have occupied or occupy the elective offices of provincial governor or mayor, crimes against property or honor and embezzlement excluded; simple or reckless imprudence, and coercion or conditional threats except when accompanied by demands of money or contemplating destruction of property; those committed in connection with workmen’s strikes.
- Art. 2. Public employees or officials, without prior criminal record, who are serving sentences, provided they make good any civil liability.
- Art. 3. Unchanged.
- Art. 4. Enlisted men of army and rural guard guilty of perjury.
Amnesty applies to crimes enumerated committed prior to January 1, 1913.