365.1121 Slavich, Nickola/30
The Ambassador in Italy (Garrett) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 31.]
Sir: With reference to the Embassy’s telegram No. 172 of September 10, 12 noon, 1931,4 and previous correspondence concerning the procedure followed by the Italian authorities in connection with the arrest and imprisonment of American citizens in Italy, I have the honor to transmit herewith for the Department’s information a copy and translation of an informal memorandum which was handed by an official of the Foreign Office to a member of the Embassy staff for the confidential information of the Embassy, and which contains a statement of the nature of the procedure in question as established up to the present time.
In connection with the statement in paragraph three of the enclosed memorandum with regard to the right of reciprocity in the transmission to consular authorities of information concerning arrests of foreign citizens in Italy, I have the honor to add that a statement has been made at the Foreign Office to the effect that in the United States only one half of the various states are in the habit of communicating such information to Italian consular officers in the United States in connection with the arrest of Italian subjects there, and, accordingly, I shall be glad to have a statement of the procedure followed in the United States in this matter for use in future conversations at the Italian Foreign Office.