Cuba Drops Bill to Seize over $1,000,000 in Refugee Bonds

The Cuban Government has decided not to press its bill for confiscation of more than $1,000,000 in bonds posted for some 3,000 refugees who have overstayed six-month visas, it was authoritatively learned today.

The Government’s decision has been communicated to George Garcia Montes and Dr. Antonio Sanches Bustamente, attorneys representing the refugees’ interests. The confiscation measure, against which the State Department had brought strong pressure, was a rider in a general bill providing increased taxes.

Consideration of the entire bill, which had passed its first reading in the Senate, has been postponed indefinitely. Two explanations for the postponement have been advanced–first, important changes in the measure were being made by the Cabinet and President Federigo Laredo Bru; second, several Senators contended that the task of finding new sources of revenue was the responsibility of the new Government which is to be elected next February.

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