The Law: Bitter Sugar

The 5,200-ton Cuban freighter Imias has been swinging idly at anchor between two locks in the Panama Canal since Oct. 3. Throughout that tune a U.S. Zone policeman hi a tiny launch has circled the ship with unceasing vigilance. The bizarre scene is part of an international legal tangle that involves money, politics, diplomacy, a violent coup, and howls from all sides directed at the U.S. and the federal judge who is responsible for the launch's vigil.

The mess began during the military overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende Gossens. During the coup, a Cuban ship left Valparaiso so quickly that its...

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