[Ppnews] Hearing officer opposed the release of Oscar Lopez

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Wed Jan 5 17:15:58 EST 2011

(a rough translation from Spanish) More news to follow


Hearing officer opposed the release of Oscar Lopez

Recommended that Lopez, 67, remains in prison another 15 years

By Joseph A. Delgado jdelgado at elnuevodia.com

WASHINGTON - A hearing officer recommended to the 
Federal Parole Commission today, that they deny 
release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

Marc Tanner, whose recommendation goes to the 
three members of the Board, made the announcement 
at the end of a hearing at the prison in Terre 
Haute (Indiana), where the Puerto Rican political 
prisoner, Oscar Lopez, is serving a sentence of 70 years in prison.

It was very inappropriate and even offensive and 
rejects the will of the people of Puerto Rico, 
who have supported the release of Oscar, 
according to Jan Susler, Oscar López Rivera's lawyer, on leaving the meeting.

Contrary to what had been expected, the hearing 
officer went in person to the prison and raised 
the issue of the families of the victims of the 
attack on Frances Tavern in New York, which is 
attributed to the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN).

López Rivera, who has served 29 years and nine 
months in prison, was convicted of seditious 
conspiracy for his links to the FALN.  He was 
never connected to what happened in the Fraunces 
Tavern, Susler said, indicating that the hearing 
officer "behaved like an FBI agent. "

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