Avelino Gonzalez Claudio Update

From Avelino's support Committee in Puerto Rico:

UPDATE ON THE CASE OF PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONER
AVELINO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO

THERE CAN BE NO TRIAL DATE AT THIS TIME

The date for the beginning of the trial which is
to be presided over by Judge Alfred V. Costell of
the Hartford Court had been established as
November 6, 2008. The lead attorney for Avelino
has informed us that there is no way that the
trial can begin on November 6 because the process
of discovery of evidence has barely begun. All
the evidence to be presented by the prosecution,
including everything that was seized during the
break-ins in 1985, must be given to Avelino and
that has yet to be done by federal prosecutors.

At this time we do not know if on November 6th
there will be any type of hearing of Avelino?s
case. During the month of November there will be
meetings with Avelino?s lawyers in Harford in
order to assess the steps taken and to be taken
by the prosecution and the defense.

THE JUDGE INTERFERES WITH DEFENSE PREPARATIONS

Judge Alfred V. Costello denied requests for
coverage of expenses needed by the defense for
preparation of aspects of the case that require
travel to Puerto Rico in order to interview
witnesses and visits to sites that are linked to
the case and the arrest of Avelino.

SOLIDARITY IN THE UNITED STATES

Solidarity in the United States with Avelino has
been actively maintained by the sisters and
brothers of the ProLibertad Campaign and the
Hartford Committee, who maintain extensive and
up-to-date communication both in the U.S. and
internationally in favor of the freedom of all
political prisoners detained in North American jails.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR PRISONERS

Compa?era Estrella Lagares informs us about the
Vigil to be held this weekend in support of the
freedom of our political prisoners that has been
organized by the Human Rights Commission:
--Plaza Col?n in Old San Juan
--Beginning Friday, October 10 until Sunday October 12, 2008

The Committee of Family and Friends of Avelino
Gonz?lez Claudio in Puerto Rico will be
participating in this Vigil with banners,
informational literature, pictures and an
educational palm card about Avelino Gonz?lez who
is currently imprisoned in Hartford, Connecticut.

There was a press conference on October 8, 2008,
Avelino?s birthday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Puerto
Rican Bar Association headquarters in Miramar.

The Committee of Family and Friends of Avelino Gonz?lez Claudio
Puerto Rico