[News] Machetero leader killed by FBI in Puerto Rico
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Sat Sep 24 18:56:41 EDT 2005
Man Dies in FBI Stakeout in Puerto Rico
Staff and agencies
24 September, 2005
By FRANK GAUD, 4 minutes ago
HORMIGUEROS, Puerto Rico - A Puerto Rican nationalist leader wanted in
the 1983 robbery of a Connecticut armored truck died during an FBI
stakeout of the farmhouse where he was hiding, the islands police
chief said Saturday.
"Filiberto Ojeda Rios is definitely dead," Toledo told WAPA radio.
FBI spokesman Louis Feliciano refused to comment on Toledos remarks.
Earlier Saturday, the FBI had said it did not know if Ojeda was alive.
The FBI detained Ojeda Rios wife, Elma Rosado Barbosa, who was
unharmed, the agency said in a statement.
The FBI has asked police for equipment to detect explosives in the
farmhouse, Toledo said earlier.
"This was done on purpose ... to try to humiliate us," Jorge Farinacci,
president of the Socialist Front, said at the demonstration. "Its to
tell us: You do not have the right to independence."
Ojeda Rios, leader of the Macheteros, is one of four men still wanted
for the Wells Fargo robbery. He was released on bail in 1988 after
about three years in prison awaiting trial in Connecticut.
He was convicted in absentia in 1992 on charges of robbery, conspiracy
and transportation of stolen money and was sentenced to 55 years in
prison. Ojeda Rios sometimes grants interviews to Puerto Rican
reporters and issues statements in favor of independence for this U.S.
possession of 4 million people.
The United States seized Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American War.
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote for U.S. president,
have no voting representation in the U.S. Congress and pay no federal
Three other men remain fugitives in the case, including Victor Manuel
Gerena, a former Wells Fargo guard who allegedly injected two other
guards with a sleeping substance to facilitate the robbery. He is on
the FBIs most-wanted list.
One man imprisoned in the case, Juan Segarra Palmer, was granted
clemency by President Clinton in 1999.
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