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Puerto Rico: Police corruption hearings planned

Published 26/08/2007

Puerto Rico's civil rights commission plans to hold hearings for public housing residents after 10 officers were arrested for allegedly planting drugs as fraudulent evidence against low-income islanders.

The commission's director, Lorenzo Villalba, said more allegations of police corruption could arise during the hearings next month in the western city of Mayaguez and the San Juan metropolitan area, where there have been numerous complaints of officers faking evidence.

On Thursday, the FBI arrested eight police officers accused of planting drugs as manufactured evidence against residents of housing projects in Mayaguez.

A raid on the officers' precinct discovered a safe holding drugs that were kept in reserve to frame people, US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said.

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