ATLANTA -- A federal public defender charged that the FBI is reviewing files on Cuban prisoners to pressure them "to name names" for possible indictments in November's prison uprisings in Atlanta and Louisiana.
Two-person teams from the Immigration and Naturalization Service began reviewing files of 2,100 Cubans at six federal detention centers across the nation Monday. The reviews were promised in an accord that ended a standoff at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary that began Nov. 23 and ended early Dec. 4 when rioting prisoners released 84 hostages.
The federal Bureau of Prisons notified the detainees last week that the process also would include reviews by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Paul Kish, chief federal public defender in Atlanta, where any indictments from the Atlanta prison uprising would be filed, said it is too early for indictments from the hostage crises at Atlanta or at the Oakdale, La., federal detention facility, where Cubans held 24 hostages for eight days.
Kish said the involvement of the FBI "is obvious. I'm concerned that what the FBI is doing is holding every one of these guys hostage," Kish said. "They want them to name names for indictments. They want to get someone."