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Alleged FBI pursuit of independentist

By (AP)
October 30 2008 08:00 pm

(This article is a translation)

SAN JUAN – On Thursday, independentist organizations denounced a new incident of persecution in which apparently four FBI cars followed Norberto Cintrón Fiallo.

Liliana Laboy, of Mesa de Solidaridad contra la Represión (Table of Solidarity Against Repression), stated that the incident took place last Tuesday when Cintrón Fiallo was running errands for his work as an investigator at the Legal Assistance Society.

He left for work at 6:30 a.m., and from that moment four cars followed him. He went to several places, conducting an investigation for a case he is working on, and then, when he noticed that the surveillance continued, he went to the central offices of Legal Assistance in Río Piedras,” Laboy told the Associated Press.

When Cintrón Fiallo got to the central offices, he met with several attorneys to discuss what action they would take, but at about 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., the alleged federal agents left.

Immediately, FBI spokesperson Harry Rodríguez said, “I cannot confirm or deny the information.”

Cintrón Fiallo’s home was one of the places searched by the FBI on February 10, 2006, when, simultaneously at the building at 444 De Diego, another operation was being carried out where federal agents struck and pepper sprayed journalists who were covering the intervention at Laboy’s apartment.

The independentist leader also recalled that in the early 80s, Cintrón Fiallo was jailed for 24 months after he refused to collaborate with a federal Grand Jury, given that he does not recognize the authority of this U.S. forum on the island.

The organizations will seek the intervention of human rights associations and the Bar Association, he said.

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