[Ppnews] Avelino bond hearing: Hartford Courant

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Mon Apr 14 18:55:44 EDT 2008

Prosecutors argue case to hold alleged militant without bail
Associated Press
April 14, 2008

HARTFORD, Conn. - A federal detainment hearing for an alleged Puerto 
Rican militant charged in a 1983 armored car depot robbery has been 
continued to Tuesday.
Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio was one of more than a dozen alleged members 
of the Puerto Rican nationalist group Los Macheteros who authorities 
say planned and carried out the $7 million heist at the Wells Fargo 
depot in West Hartford.

He pleaded not guilty in February to 15 federal charges including 
robbery and conspiracy.
Prosecutors argued Monday that the 65-year-old Gonzalez be held 
without bail because of a violent past. They say a search of his home 
has turned up instructions for making bombs and other weapons 
literature. They also allege his fingerprints were on a rocket casing 
outside a 1985 bombing of a courthouse in Puerto Rico.

But Gonzalez' attorney says the government has not proven his client 
committed violent acts.
Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith heard about 90 minutes of 
arguments before adjourning for the day.

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