352.1121 Blodgett, Walton/168: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Bowers) to the Acting Secretary of State

11. My telegram No. 10, January 20, 3 p.m.48 Upon receiving information this morning that … had been reimprisoned last night immediately got in touch with the Foreign Minister who states this action must have been taken not because of judgment but because of what I am positive was a false accusation from Palma that they were planning escape. Judgment which may be announced tomorrow will merely place accused at disposition of the Court and will not according to the Foreign Office entail reimprisonment. Minister of Foreign Affairs after our conversation talked with Ministers of War and Justice and thereafter telephoned me that imperative orders for release of prisoners from jail would [Page 716] be sent first thing tomorrow morning. He expects to phone me at noon tomorrow that prisoners have been released.

You may wish to inform press of exact situation so that Monday’s papers may carry true story.

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