[Ppnews] FBI arrests PR Independence Fighter
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Thu Mar 30 08:55:43 EST 2006
Antonio Camacho Negron
FBI Snags PR Independence Fighter
San Juan, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Bureau of Investigations
(FBI) arrested the prominent Puerto Rican left-winger Antonio Camacho
Negron, former leader of the Popular Army (EPB-Macheteros), confirmed
Wednesday official sources.
The detention of Camacho Negron took place on Tuesday after his
participation in a progressive activity at Puerto Rico University in
the capital sector Rio Piedras.
FBI spokesperson in Puerto Rico Harry Rodriguez confirmed the veteran
independence fighter remains jailed in Guaynabo Federal Prison in San Juan.
In an attempt to justify the detention, police authorities alleged
that three days after his release, Camacho Negron violated parole
regulations in 2004.
The prominent leftwing leader, sentenced for his alleged
participation in the theft of 7.3 million dollars against Well Fargo
enterprise in Connecticut, US in 1983, has never recognized the
That is why former President William Clinton did not include him
among the Puerto Rican political prisoners he pardoned in 1999.
P.R. Independence Figure Nabbed
By Jarrett Murphy | March 29, 2006
In the latest friction between federal agents and the
independence movement, the FBI busted a veteran militant in San Juan
yesterday for allegedly violating the terms of his release from
The timing of Antonio Camacho Negron's arrest makes independentistas
suspicious, because it comes a few months after movement member
Ojeda-Rios was killed in a federal raid, and a few weeks after the
feds served search warrants on several independence figures and
onlookers and the media.
Negron's legal troubles date back to the 1983 Wells Fargo robbery in
He was sentenced to 15 years for his role in the heist, but was
released early for good behavior in 1998. According to press
accounts, he was jailed again later that year for violating his
parole by associating with other members of the movement. He refused
the <http://www.jonathanpollard.org/1999/081299a.htm>clemency offers
that President Clinton made to several imprisoned independence
figures in 1999, and was released again in 2002.
FBI Agent Harry Rodriguez, spokesman for the bureau's office in
Puerto Rico, tells the Voice that after that release, Negron failed
to register with the local parole office; he was re-arrested in April
2003 and jailed for another 16 months. Freed from federal prison for
the third time on August 17, 2004, he allegedly failed once again to
register with his local parole office. A warrant was issued three
days later and Negron's been a fugitive since.
Back in October, in the immediate aftermath of the Ojeda-Rios raid,
rumors that Negron's
imminent roiled the independence movement, which believes that the
recent events are part of a crackdown. At the time, Negron issued a
saying, "I feel that the FBI will make an attempt on my life and
justify it with the fabricated lies in pursuit of the information I
have shared with various elements of the Puerto Rican media, as well
as to quell the revolutionary spirit that has been activated by
Filiberto's death." Many Puerto Rican independence activists reject
the conditions of their release from U.S. custody because they do not
recognize the authority of the federal government over the island.
The recent events in Puerto Rico are the subjects of
internal investigations and an inquiry by some members of Congress.
Rodriguez says he does not know why Negron was pinched at this
particular time, given that the warrant on him is more than 18 months
old. The feds nabbed him as he exited his car.
As a parole violator at large, Negron's capture would have been the
responsibility of the U.S. Marshals Service.
As a parole violator in custody, Negron won't see a judge but will
instead have a hearing before parole commissioners. He is currently
being held in Guaynabo, P.R., awaiting that hearing.
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