[Ppnews] April 4 - Easter/Passover and 30th Anniversary of Carlos Alberto Torres' incarceration

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Sat Mar 6 11:26:03 EST 2010

Dear Friends,

This Easter Day and Passover Week coincide with 
the 30th anniversary of Carlos' Alberto Torres' 
arrest. Please join IPOC both in observing and 
inviting other organizations and communities of 
faith and conscience to observe this significant 
moment in the quest for freedom for him and for 
and his imprisoned compatriots, Oscar López 
Rivera and Avelino González Claudio.

Thank you for your support and solidarity!

In struggle and hope,

Nozomi Ikuta

Interfaith Prisoners of  Conscience Project
PO Box 770608
Lakewood, OH  44107

216  624-6781
<mailto:ipoc at sbcglobal.net>ipoc at sbcglobal.net

Steering  Committee:

Rev. Dr. C. Nozomi Ikuta, Rev. Sala Nolan 
Gonzales, Toby Emmer, Dr. Diane Fujino, Alejandro
Molina, Irma Romero

March 1, 2010

This year, on Sunday, April 4, as Christians 
celebrate Easter and Jews celebrate Passover, 
Carlos Alberto Torres will complete 30 years in 
prison for acts and beliefs in favor of Puerto 
Rican independence. Carlos has served more time 
in prison than Nelson Mandela  had in South 
Africa; he is also the longest-held political 
prisoner in Puerto  Rican history and among the 
longest-held political prisoners in the  world.

When Carlos sought release on parole in 1994, the 
Parole Commission denied his request and said 
they would consider his case after he served an 
additional 15 years. That hearing was set for 
January of 2009. The week before his scheduled 
hearing, prison officials claimed to find 
home-made knives in a light fixture in the ten 
man cell they assigned him to. The hearing was postponed.

One of the cell occupants took sole 
responsibility for the knives, swearing that he 
hid them from Carlos and the others cell 
occupants, and that they knew nothing about them. 
Yet, deviating from routine disciplinary 
practice, Carlos and the others were all found 
guilty of possessing the knives. Fortunately, 
Carlos’ administrative appeal resulted in the dismissal of the charges.

Carlos finally had his parole hearing on May 26, 
2009, and was recommended for release.

Inexplicably, the false charges were reinstated a month later.

In a subsequent parole hearing, in January of 
2010, another hearing examiner again recommended his release.

We support the hearing examiners' recommendations 
to release Carlos from prison and look forward to welcoming him home.

In 1999, President Clinton heeded the call of 
people in the US and Puerto Rico who had united 
in calling for the release of Carlos and the 
other Puerto Rican political prisoners. Now, more 
than ten years later, we are renewing our call 
for Carlos to rejoin his friends, families, and 
communities, and our society as a whole.

As we approach the Easter and Passover holidays, 
we encourage all people of conscience to sign the 
call for his release, to take part in the April 3 
observances of the 30th anniversary of his 
arrest, and to raise additional prayers for him 
throughout Passover, on Easter, April 4, and on 
other significant moments appropriate to their 
faith tradition. Our prayers are also with 
Carlos’ imprisoned compatriots, Oscar López 
Rivera and Avelino González Claudio.

In this season of reconciliation and new 
beginnings, it is time for Carlos to begin his 
new life with us. It is time for him to come home.

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420

Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286

Re: Carlos Alberto Torres,
88976-024, FCI Pekin

Dear Commissioners:

We write to urge you to adopt the recommendation 
of your hearing examiner and order the release of Carlos Alberto Torres.

We believe that there is no reason for the 
intervening disciplinary charges to adversely 
affect your decision. Not only has Carlos 
maintained an impeccable disciplinary record for 
29 years; but the person responsible for 
possessing the hidden weapons confessed, telling 
the prison disciplinary committee that Carlos knew nothing about the weapons.

There is no risk in ordering his release. He 
enjoys wide support from the whole of civil 
society in Puerto Rico, and his co-defendants 
have accumulated an impressive record of support 
and respect in the ten years since their release.

We urge you to order his release as recommended. 
We are anxious to welcome Carlos home after three long decades behind bars.


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