Carlos Alberto Torres after his release.

Car­los Alber­to Tor­res after his release.

Car­los Alber­to Tor­res, who served 30 years in a fed­er­al prison will be released this month. He will return to Puer­to Rico where he will be received with an artis­tic cel­e­bra­tion in Ponce.

On May 20th the Pro­ba­tion Board deter­mined his release which will be effec­tive at the end of the month.

In 1999, then Pres. Clin­ton, did not include Tor­res in a group of 12 Puer­to Rican polit­i­cal pris­on­ers who received a pres­i­den­tial par­don. Had he not been par­doned, his orig­i­nal sen­tence would have kept him in jail until 2024.

No oth­er Puer­to Rican polit­i­cal pris­on­er has served as many years in prison as Tor­res. The oth­er Puer­to Rican polit­i­cal pris­on­er with a long sen­tence was Oscar López Rivera, who has spent 29 years behind bars.

carlos-torresTor­res will be expect­ed to arrive on 29 July. An activ­i­ty has been orga­nized at Par­que Mon­u­men­to Don Pedro Albizu Cam­pos in Ten­ería, Ponce, where he was born Sep­tem­ber 1,1952. The group “Asi Somos” will head­line oth­er artists per­form­ing at the activ­i­ty. It will be trans­mit­ted on sta­tion WPAB 550AM and on the internet

Tor­res, 57 years old, chose to go under­ground in 1976 with his then preg­nant wife. Four years lat­er on April 4, 1980, he was appre­hend­ed for con­spir­a­cy to over­throw the gov­ern­ment and being a mem­ber the Armed Forces for Nation­al Lib­er­a­tion, a clan­des­tine orga­ni­za­tion that fought for Puer­to Rico’s inde­pen­dence in the 70’s and 80’s.

Accord­ing to the Com­mit­tee Pro Human Rights of Puer­to Rico, while in jail, Tor­res obtained a uni­ver­si­ty degree, worked in the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, and became a painter and artisan.

Lopez Rivera who also went under­ground in 1976 was arrest­ed in 1981, accused of trea­son and belong­ing to FALN. He served a 12 of a 70 year sen­tence in iso­la­tion. Nev­er­the­less, he reject­ed Clinton’s offer of an ear­ly release. He con­tin­ues in prison.

The oth­er Puer­to Rican still jailed is Aveli­no González Clau­dio. He was the leader of the Fed­er­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ty Stu­dents Pro Inde­pen­dence (FUPI) and the Pro Inde­pen­dence Move­ment (MPI) dur­ing the years he spent in New York.

In 1985 he was accused in abs­ten­cia of hav­ing planned a $6 mil­lion rob­bery to Wells Far­go in Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut as a mem­ber of the Macheteros.