Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hearing officer opposed the release of Oscar Lopez

(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

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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