251.11 Insull, Samuel/193: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Greece (MacVeagh)

54. Your 108, November 1, 3 p.m. Unless prompt action is taken by the Greek authorities to reopen the case, the Department is considering instructing you to lodge an emphatic protest at the decision of the court and to give formal notice of this Government’s denunciation of our Extradition Treaty with Greece.

It would be helpful therefore if you would inform the Department whether in your considered opinion there is any probability of such action by the Greek authorities or whether the Greeks may be merely playing for time with a view to preventing any action by this Government at this time when the effect would be most telling.

You should in any case furnish the Department as soon as possible with the information requested in its No. 53 of October 31, 6 p.m.37 The Department would be particularly interested to know whether, as reported, the Greek Court in arriving at its decision took into consideration such factors as the age of the fugitive and the success of his business career and whether the court refused to admit affidavits in support of the charges against him.

  1. Not printed. The Department requested “brief summary of grounds for Court’s decision.”