The Nation : Terror Suspects Extradited
More than 100 federal officers provided security as a U.S. magistrate in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ordered the extradition to Connecticut of 11 Puerto Ricans charged in a $7-million Wells Fargo robbery in 1983. Another suspect reportedly was in custody in Mexico. The 11, all suspected of being members of the Machateros (machete wielders) terrorist organization, were indicted last week by a Connecticut grand jury for the armed robbery in West Hartford. As Navy helicopters picked them up in San Juan, about 1,000 persons protested, claiming that the suspects were being persecuted because of their campaign for independence for Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth.