Pope Case US State Department memo

Allan Pope was detained and judged in Indonesia for acts committed while rebels against the Indonesia Government employed him. He was represented at the trial by and Indonesian lawyer chosen by Indonesia government and accepted by him, he was found guilty and sentenced to death

The right to the assistance of counsel has been considered one of the fundamental rights protected by and international standard. The right to counsel also implies the right that his counsel should be in a position to prepare adequately a defence. The purpose of a visit by a consular of diplomatic officer is to determine whether an alien prisoner is receiving decent, sanitary, and humane treatment during his detention and the investigation of his alleged crime. A visit from American authorities provides an alien prisoner with an opportunity to enjoy or safeguard other procedural rights protected by international law, such as the right to the assistance of counsel for his defence.