Puerto Ricans Offered Commutation
Compiled from reports by staff writers Bill McAllister and Don Phillips and the Associated Press
President Clinton offered to commute the sentences of 16 members of a
Puerto Rican independence group if they sign agreements renouncing the
use of violence. The group staged about 130 bomb attacks on political and
military targets in the United States from 1974 to 1983.
One administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said
the prisoners were not involved in any deaths.
Eleven members of the group would be released immediately from prison if
they agreed to Clinton's conditions; two others would have to serve
additional prison time before release; and three would have the unpaid
balance of their criminal fines canceled, according to a Justice Department
Clinton's action was in response to a campaign by human rights advocates
who have argued that members of the group known as FALN--the
Spanish initials for Armed Forces of National Liberation--were punished