817.00/8216: Telegram

The Minister in Nicaragua (Lane) to the Secretary of State

34. My 31, April 26, 4 p.m. Press of tomorrow (appearing this evening) publishes text of decision of Sacasa as Commanding General of the Guardia declining to approve court-martial verdict ordering execution of Cuadra. Press likewise publishes manifesto to the nation issued by Sacasa as President stating that “the most sacred interests of the Nicaraguan people require the application of exemplary punishment on account of the gravity of the offense committed;” that Constitution prohibits death sentence except in case of high treason committed in state of war; and that consequently he is obliged to deny confirmation of the death sentences of Cuadra and of unnamed corporals and privates involved in plot.

Tone of Manifesto is conciliatory and dignified.

Translation61 by mail.

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