[News] Union Leader Defies FBI in Puerto Rico
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Thu Feb 16 08:45:55 EST 2006
Union Leader Defies FBI in Puerto Rico
San Juan, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican
Association of Journalists President Oscar
Serrano challenged US FBI Chief Luis Fraticelli
to produce incriminating evidence against
reporters who allegedly violated the law.
Serrano asked the FBI to tell the public how
Puerto Rican reporters violated the law during a
recent operation against people who supported the national independence.
He accused Fraticelli of lying and concealing
human right violations as he justified the FBI
operatives´ aggression on nearly ten reporters
who were covering the police action.
Recently, federal agents raided the house of
sociologist and union member Liliana Laboy, in the central area of Rio Piedras.
Fraticelli should not say he possesses evidence
on the journalists´ violation of the law. He has
to produce them before authorities to arrest the
people responsible and take them to court, Serrano pointed out.
He asserted the Puerto Rican journalists attacked
the FBI agents, who responded to the aggression.
The president of the association challenged the
FBI chief in Puerto Rico to provide journalists
with the videos he allegedly possesses on the
journalists´ aggression on his agents, so that
the association considers itself legally discredited."
Serrano sent a letter to Fraticelli on Tuesday.
So far he has received no response.
The Latin American Federation of Journalists
(FELAP) expressed its solidarity with the Puerto Rican colleagues.
According to the FELAP, that situation adds to
the numerous human right violations that mark the
expansionist, aggressive and arrogant US policy.
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