[Ppnews] Carlos Alberto Torres parole hearing Tuesday, May 26

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Mon May 25 11:51:16 EDT 2009


English translation follows Spanish

Lucha su libertad después de 25 aZos en la cárcel
Carlos Alberto Torres sabrá maZana si sale en probatoria
Por Javier Colón Dávila / jcolon at elnuevodia.com
25 mayo 2009
http://www.elnuevodia.com/luchasulibertaddespuesde25anosenlacarcel-573016.html

Luego de 25 aZos detrás de los barrotes, el 
prisionero político boricua Carlos Alberto Torres 
tendrá maZana la oportunidad de presentar su caso 
en vías de que sea dejado libre bajo probatoria.

Jan Susler, abogado de Torres, indicó que maZana 
a las 8:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. en Puerto Rico), su 
cliente y ella se conectarán por vídeo 
conferencia con un oficial examinador de la Junta 
de Libertad Bajo Palabra. Ese oficial, a su vez, 
le emitirá unas recomendaciones a un panel de 
funcionarios nombrados por el ex presidente 
George W. Bush que tendrá la decisión final.

Torres, convicto por conspiración sediciosa, fue 
arrestado inicialmente en abril de 1980, pero su 
sentencia para efectos de ser elegible para 
libertad bajo palabra comenzó en 1984 al ser 
trasladado a una penitenciaria federal.

Está encarcelado en Pekin, Illinois.

“No corren ningún riesgo en dejarlo salir maZana. 
Tenemos evidencia de cuantos ex presos políticos 
puertorriqueZos han salido de la cárcel y se han 
integrado en la comunidad sin problemas. Son los 
mismos coacusados que han estado 10 aZos fuera de 
forma exitosa por la clemencia presidencial. Si 
fuese una decisión objetiva deben de decirle: 
aquí está la puerta, que le vaya bien”, dijo Susler.

En 1999, el ex presidente Bill Clinton no le 
ofreció a Torres, ahora de 66 aZos, una oferta de 
clemencia ejecutiva. En aquel entonces otros 11 
prisioneros fueron dejados en libertad de forma condicionada.

Torres, nacido en Ponce y trasladado a los dos 
aZos a Nueva York, es hijastro de otra presa 
política, Alejandrina Torres. Es hijo del 
fenecido reverendo José Alberto Torres.
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Struggles for his freedom after 25 years [sic] in prison
Carlos Alberto Torres will know tomorrow if he will be released on parole
By Javier Colón Dávila / jcolon at elnuevodia.com
May 25, 2009
http://www.elnuevodia.com/luchasulibertaddespuesde25anosenlacarcel-573016.html

After 25 years [sic] behind bars, Puerto Rican 
political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres will 
have the opportunity tomorrow to present his case 
in the process of being released on parole.

Jan Susler, Torres’ attorney, stated that 
tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. (9:00 in Puerto Rico), she 
and her client will appear in a video conference 
with a hearing examiner from the Parole 
Commission. That official will then issue 
recommendations to a panel of functionaries named 
by ex president George W. Bush who will make the final decision.

Torres, convicted of seditious conspiracy, was 
initially arrested in April of 1980, but his 
sentence for purposes of parole eligibility 
started in 1984 after being transferred to federal prison.

He is imprisoned in Pekin, Illinois.

“They run no risk in letting him go tomorrow. We 
have evidence of so many former Puerto Rican 
political prisoners who have been released and 
integrated into the community without any 
problems. His very co-defendants have been out 
for ten years, living successfully following the 
presidential clemency. If this were an objective 
decision, they should tell him: there is the 
door, hope you do well,” said Susler.

In 1999, former president Bill Clinton did not 
offer executive clemency to Torres, now 66 years 
old [sic]. At the time 11 other prisoners were released with conditions.

Torres, who was born in Ponce and who moved to 
New York when he was two years old, is the 
stepson of another political prisoner, 
Alejandrina Torres. He is the son of the deceased reverend José Alberto Torres.




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