[Ppnews] Puerto Rican Avelino Gonzalez Claudio - extradition ordered

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Mon Feb 11 18:20:42 EST 2008

Extradition ordered
Avelino Gonzalez Claudio will be tried in Connecticut where the 
incident occurred
By Daniel Rivera Vargas
February 11, 2008 El Nuevo Dia

Magistrate Marco Lopez today ordered the extradition to Connecticut 
of the presumed Machetero leader Avelino Gonzalez Claudio, in spite 
of his desire to be tried in Puerto Rico.

"As a political prisoner, Mr. Gonzalez Claudio invokes his rights 
under international law to remain in his homeland," said attorney 
Juan Ramon Acevedo, citing some of his client's written statements.

Ramon Acevedo asked for additional time for the bond hearing, given 
that they will ask that
Gonzalez Claudio remain free pending trial.

Additionally, the attorney denounced the alleged inhumane treatment 
his client is subjected to. He assured that he is held in solitary, 
in isolation, and that they have denied him access to sunlight. 
Including, he indicated they have not even allowed an adequate 
meeting with his attorney.

Outside Federal Court, various independentist organizations shouted 
slogans in support of Gonzalez Claudio.

He faces charges including bank robbery and others related to the 
theft of a $7 million deposit of Wells Fargo in Hartford Connecticut 
in September of 1982 [sic].

The clandestine organization The Macheteros claimed responsibility 
for this theft.

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