Puerto Rican Independista Held Without Bond for 1983 Robbery

A judge ordered Norberto Gonzalez Claudio to be held without bond Friday for his alleged role in one of the largest cash heists in U.S. history. He said Gonzalez was an “overwhelming” risk of flight given his more than 25 years as a fugitive.

Norberto Gonzalez is the older brother of Puerto Rican political prisoner Avelino Gonzalez Claudio.  Norberto has been fighting for Puerto Rico’s freedom from colonial rule for decades.  He is accused of being part of the Macheteros, a Puerto Rican independence group, has claimed responsibility for numerous bombings, attacks against the United States armed forces, and armed robberies since 1978.

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