Supporters celebrate the release of Carlos Alberto Torres

From Capitalist media:

Just hours after being paroled from federal prison Monday, Carlos Alberto Torres waded through a joyous homecoming awash with Puerto Rican flags in Humboldt Park.

Once on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, Torres was released after serving 30 years of a 78-year sentence for seditious conspiracy for his role with a violent Puerto Rican nationalist movement known as the FALN.
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The Incarceration of Carlos Alberto Torres

By MARJORIE COHN

Today, Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres will walk out of prison after 30 years behind bars. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy – conspiring to use force against the lawful authority of the United States over Puerto Rico. Torres was punished for being a member of an armed clandestine organization called the FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation), which had taken responsibility for bombings that resulted in no deaths or injuries. He was not accused of taking part in these bombings, only of being a member of the FALN.

In 1898, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States by Spain as war bounty in the treaty that ended the Spanish-American War. Nevertheless, the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico and has occupied it ever since. Puerto Ricans have always resisted foreign occupation of their land and called for independence.
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Puerto Rican Prisoner of War Carlos Alberto Torres to be paroled!

CarlosPuerto Rican Political Prisoner Wins Release on Parole
May 21, 2010

The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico have the great and historic pleasure of announcing that Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres, after serving 30 years in U.S. prisons for his commitment to the independence of his nation, will be released on parole in July of this year, to reside in Puerto Rico.

This historic release is due to Carlos Alberto’s maintaining his integrity and commitment throughout three decades behind bars, and to the support of the people of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican communities in the U.S., as well as those who support human rights throughout the world. This broad support was key in winning his release, and he is looking forward to expressing his gratitude in person.

For no legitimate reason, he was made to serve almost 11 years more than his compatriots who were released in 1999, when president Clinton deemed their sentences to be disproportionately lengthy. The United States stands out as the country whose political prisoners serve among the longest sentences in the world.

Two Puerto Rican political prisoners remain in U.S. custody. Oscar López Rivera, who this month will mark his 29th year in prison, is not scheduled for release until 2023; and Avelino González Claudio, who this month will be sentenced to a term not to exceed 7 years. While planning the celebration of Carlos Alberto’s release, the National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico will continue to work for the release of both remaining political prisoners.

Contacts:
in the U.S.: Alejandro Molina 312/296-7210
in Puerto Rico: Eduardo Villanueva 787/612-7840

Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres parole hearing scheduled

Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres will meet with the Parole Commission’s hearing examiner once again on January 19.

The Bureau of Prisons continues its role of interfering with his release. Carlos Alberto learned today that the BOP received an order from the Parole Commission on November 12, 2009, indicating that the Commission wanted to see him about the disciplinary report at the next available date. The FCI Pekin staff member responsible for communicating this to Carlos Alberto told him simply, “I must have overlooked this.”

The prison disciplinary committee found him guilty of possessing home made knives which, unbeknownst to him, a cellmate had hidden in the light fixture of the cell. This finding came not only after the first guilty decision was expunged, but after the guilty cellmate confessed in person to the committee.

The U.S. Parole Commission had postponed its decision whether to adopt its hearing examiner’s recommendation to release Carlos Alberto on parole on April 3, 2010, waiting for the disciplinary committee’s decision. At the January 19 hearing, Carlos Alberto will ask the Commission to adopt the recommendation and order his release, and to ignore the Bureau of Prisons’ attempts to derail his parole.

Write to the Parole Commission to encourage them to adopt the recommendation and order his release! Sample letter available at www.boricuahumanrights.org.

Jan Susler
January 7, 2010

BOP continues to sabotage Carlos Alberto Torres’ parole efforts

Carlos TorresOn the heels of the U.S. Parole Commission hearing examiner’s recommendation that Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres be released on parole on April 3, 2010, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reinstated false accusations already expunged in a transparent attempt to derail his release after 29 years in prison.

The disciplinary hearing officer found Carlos Alberto guilty of possessing knives which a cellmate had hidden in the light fixture of the 10 man cell, in spite of the sworn statement and testimony of the cellmate, accepting full responsibility. The routine in the BOP in such a situation is that when the person responsible admits guilt, the prison dismisses the case against the others who occupied the same cell.

Of the 10 occupants of the cell, Carlos Alberto is the only one whose case has been heard, another deviation from the norm.

The sentence imposed: 60 days loss of telephone; 60 days loss of visits; 60 days loss of commissary privileges; 41 days loss of good time credits; and 30 days in segregation (though he will not be placed in segregation if he goes 180 days with no disciplinary violations). Writing letters would thus be the only form of communication for the duration of the sentence.

Just as the sentence began, the prison official who had been routinely translating his mail told him that they had received orders from “higher up,” to gather all of his mail and send it out to a translator and censor, and that this would likely result in lengthy delays in his sending and receiving mail, in other words, leaving him completely incomuniccado.

At the same time, another prison official told him bluntly “they’re looking at everything you do,” inferring that “they” meant the regional or central offices of the BOP.

We must denounce these blatant attempts to sabotage Carlos Alberto’s parole efforts, and to isolate and further punish him.

Jan Susler
September 17, 2009

Jan Susler
People’s Law Office
1180 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622
773/235-0070 x 118
jsusler@aol.com

September 6: New Afrikan Political Prisoner Sekou Kambui turns 61

Sekou Kambui

Sekou Kambui celebrates his 61st birthday today, yet another birthday spent in a prison cell in Alabama. Please send him warm wishes at this address:

SEKOU KAMBUI (W. TURK)
#113058
P.O. Box 56 SCC (B1-21)
Elmore, AL 36025-0056

More about Sekou and his case…

Other September Political Prisoner birthdays:

Leonard Peltier
#89637-132
USP LEWISBURG
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1000
LEWISBURG, PA 17837
Birthday: September 12th
More about Leonard and his case…

CARLOS ALBERTO TORRES
#88976-024
FCI Pekin
P.O. Box 5000
Pekin, IL 61555
Birthday: September 19th
More about Carlos and his case…

Please drop these comrades a line of love and support!

URGENT: Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Being Denied Parole and Medical Treatment

Two Puerto Rican political prisoners are facing some serious repression in prison right now.  One, Carlos Alberto Torres, has a good chance of getting parole after serving 29 years in prison, but suddenly has had false charges placed against him (they were dropped after an investigation but are now being reversed!) that could easily derail his chances of getting out.  The other, Avelino Gonzalez Claudio has developed a neurological condition and is being denied medical treatment.

The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Comite Por Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico are waging a phone and fax campaign.