File No. 419.11D29/79.

Minister Price to the Secretary of State.


Your instruction 104, February 18. I learn from Judge Perigault of the Supreme Court of Panama that his decision was rendered a few days ago and that same has been certified to the Criminal Judge. He claims he is forbidden by law to divulge nature of decision; that if Criminal Judge decides a prosecution should be initiated, same will take usual course; if he decides otherwise, another appeal can then be taken to the Supreme Court. He states [Page 1167] that Criminal Judge has been directed to act promptly and that his decision should be rendered within ten days at most. In view of foregoing and referring to my despatch 415 of February 19, I am withholding compliance with instruction 104 for time being. Nothing further has been received from Panaman Minister for Foreign Affairs. Please advise will of Department