DOMINICAN REP.: Lese Majeste

It was lèse majesté for the Italian consul, Amadeo Barletta, to break the tobacco monopoly of the Dominican Republic's Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. It was lèse majesté against Benito Mussolini, a greater dictator than Trujillo, when Trujillo clapped Barletta into jail and confiscated his tobacco company on dubious charges of an assassination plot (TIME, May 13). Last week a third and greater act of lèse majesté was in the making, as Mussolini moved to get his consul out of jail.

The third would have been against the...

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