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Oscar Lopez Rivera Lands in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera arrived on the island nation Thursday after over 35 years in jail in the United States ahead of his long-awaited freedom on May 17.

His American Airlines flight landed in the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport near San Juan at 4:36 p.m. Lopez, escorted by U.S. and Puerto Rico law enforcement officers, was seen handcuffed wearing a red shirt and a white cap. He was escorted from the second level of the airport into a white law enforcement van that drove him to his new home confinement at his daughter’s residence.

The daughter of Oscar Lopez Rivera, Clarisa Lopez; the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto; Jan Susler, Lopez’s lawyer; and U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez held a press conference later in the evening at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico.

Susler laid out the conditions for his home confinement: a low profile, meaning no interviews or public appearances until he is set free on May 17 at 8 a.m.; reporting in and being monitored constantly; no association with anyone with a criminal record, including others who have been incarcerated by the U.S. for fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico; and other conditions which the legal team is still becoming acquainted with.