Hearing Examiner: Oscar Lopez Rivera shound not be paroled

LopezFrom capitalist news:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A hearing examiner said Wednesday he doesn’t believe a Puerto Rican nationalist who once turned down a clemency offer from President Clinton should be paroled after nearly 30 years in prison, the inmate’s lawyer said.

Jan Susler, the lawyer for Oscar Lopez Rivera, said she will ask the U.S. Parole Commission to overrule the examiner’s recommendation, which came after a closed hearing at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

“We are extremely disappointed,” Susler said in a phone interview after the hearing. “There was no justice today.”

Parole Commission officials are prohibited under the organization’s rules from discussing the case, even to confirm the examiner’s recommendation, said Johanna Markind, an assistant general counsel. They only release the final decision.

Markind said hearing examiner Mark Tanner would not be available for comment. “It is inappropriate for a hearing examiner to talk about an ongoing case.”

Susler said that Tanner declared that Lopez’s crimes were too serious to allow release on parole and that he should remain behind bars until at least 2023.

Lopez is serving a 55-year sentence for his conviction on seditious conspiracy, armed robbery and other crimes committed during a violent struggle for Puerto Rican independence.
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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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Papua, Indonesia: The “Forgotten Ones”

West Papua rebelsPAPUA, Indonesia (AP)– Filep Karma has served five years behind bars on a
15-year treason sentence for raising a banned flag in Indonesia’s
easternmost Papua province. He says he’s endured beatings by guards, and
now prison authorities are denying him medical treatment for a potentially
life-threatening prostate ailment.

His case — and those of several other high-profile prisoners of conscience
in far-flung separatist-torn regions — was highlighted in a 40-page report
released Wednesday by the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

They include Buchtar Tabuni, serving three years for “inciting hatred” by
orchestrating an anti-government rally and Johan Teterisa, who was
initially sentenced to life for leading dancers who raised
pro-independence flags at a ceremony attended by President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono. It was eventually dropped to 15 years on appeal.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has made tremendous
strides toward democratization since emerging from decades of dictatorship
under Gen. Suharto in 1998. Citizens today can vote directly for president
and the country has been lauded for sweeping reforms that have freed the
media and vastly improved human rights.

But the government is highly sensitive to the separatist struggles in
Papua and the Molucca islands. They restrict visits by human rights
workers and journalists, and pro-independent activists have been given
lengthy prison terms for peacefully expressing their views, organizing
rallies or for simply raising separatist flags.
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