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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)
(1951)

Burma,   pp. 267-330 PDF (25.0 MB)


Page 268


FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1951, VOLUME VI
istry of Judicial Affairs from among the six justices of the High Court.
This circumstance permits the civil authorities, if they should wish to
do so, to select judges whom they think may be favorably disposed
toward one side of the case or the other.
   U Kyaw Myint thinks that if the sentence is upheld Seagrave will
 not be required to serve six years in prison in Burma but will be asked
 or allowed to leavýe Burma. Dr.: Seagrave :is awarel of this likelihood
 and is steeling himself for this outcome and beginning to think over
 where he might go and what he might do in the future.
   As of the morning of January 19, Dr. Seagrave's morale and spirits
 were good. In the Central Jail, to which he was taken directlyv after
 his sentence was delivered, he is lodged in a small wooden house raised
 about six feet off the ground. This prevents prisoners staring at him.
 When he was in jail before, the staring by other prisoners was one of
 the causes Of the mental anxiety he suffered.:The small house"has its
 own bathroom. Dr. Seagrave7s sister, Rachel, has provided a kerosene
 stove. .Another prisoner has been assigned-to cook for him and Dr. Sea-
 grave is teaching this prisoner how to cook. His secretary, Pansy Po,
 who has been-in Rangoon since she testified on his behalf, will visit
 him twice a week, bringing; a cooked meai%. The- Superintendent will-
 allow Pansy~Po and Dr. Seagrave's sister, ERachel, to visit him twice^
 a week for the time being. The usual limit is once a week. Dr. Sea-
 grave'gs house is situated on the hospital grounds of the Central Jail
 and has electricity, The Embassy wilI supply Dr. Seagrave with read-.
 ing matter and cigarettes and such other comforts-as it can furnish.
 The Attorney, U Kyaw Myint,-thinks that the decision o th-e appeal
 will be delivered in about one month. Judging from previous delays,
 the Embassy believes that the appeal proceedings:may last more than
 a month. The Embassy has expressed to the Foreign Office the;'hope
 that the proceedings would be expedited ýin view of the previous
delays
 and the great mental strain under which Dr. Seagrave has been living
 for the past five months. The decision against Dr. Seagrave caimne as a
 great surprise to :most people. The betting odds among press- corre-
 spondents in Rangoon were 100 to 1 that he 'would be acquitted. The
 only foreign correspondent present was Mr. James Burke of Time-
 Life. IHe is preparing material which may be used for a cover story
 on Dr. Seagrave, in -the near future.
 An officer of the Embassy attended all the sessions of the Tribunal,
 with the exceptionr of short periods-of testimony given in the Burmese
 language. The Embassy is endeavoring to obtain a transcript of the
evidence for transmittal to Washington. Part of the evidence is in
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