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Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez-Rivera was convicted Friday on...

CHICAGO -- Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez-Rivera was convicted Friday on all counts of a federal conspiracy indictment in a four-year reign of bombings and other FALN terrorist activities.

A jury of six men and six women deliberated more than five hours before rendering the verdict against Lopez-Rivera, who faces a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison on the charges. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

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Earlier Friday, Lopez-Rivera, 37, vowed no matter what happened in his trial, the struggle to 'free' Puerto Rico and make it 'a socialist country' will continue.

Eleven other FALN members were convicted in February on the same charges, including Alfredo Mendez, who was the prosecution's chief witness against Lopez-Rivera in the four-day trial.

A jury of six men and six women deliberated more than five hours before rendering the verdict against Lopez-Rivera, who faces a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison on the charges. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

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Earlier Friday, Lopez-Rivera, 37, vowed that no matter what happened in his trial, the struggle to 'free' Puerto Rico and make it 'a socialist country' will continue.

Eleven other FALN members were convicted in February on the same charges, including Alfredo Mendez, who was the prosecution's chief witness against Lopez-Rivera in the four-day trial. Cheers from supporters rang out in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Thomas R. McMillen as Lopez-Rivera delivered his closing argument in his trial on charges of seditious conspiracy, armed robbery, auto theft and weapons violations.

Jury deliberations began after lunch.

'I stand here because I have the courage to fight,' Lopez-Rivera said. 'I affirm this -- that Puerto Rico will be free and a socialist country.

'I've demonstrated, I've marched, I've asked, I've begged -- something that has not come out here. I've marched with black people in this country, I've marched for housing, and there's a history of that.

'I must wage my struggle. (Nobody else) knows what it feels like to be Puerto Rican in this country.'

The reputed leader of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional dismissed testimony by FALN turncoat Alfredo Mendez, who said Thursday the terrorists planned to kidnap President Reagan's youngest son and high-ranking administration officials.

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'All countries, all movements, have their traitors,' Lopez-Rivera said. 'All countries have their Benedict Arnolds. We are no exceptions to that.

'They cannot stop a national liberation movement.'

Jeremy D. Margolis, assistant U.S. attorney, described Lopez-Rivera as an 'intellectual, articulate man.'

'There are ways to fight in the democratic manner, but he forgets to tell you that,' Margolis said.

The prosecutor ripped into the FALN's history of violence and said the defendant was the 'trainer, the educator' who turned people into terrorists.

'Be fair to Mr. Lopez, but be fair to yourselves and be fair to your communities and do what you know you must do,' he said.'

Lopez-Rivera was a fugitive for five years before his arrest for a routine traffic violation May 29 near the Glenview Naval Air Station. Jury selection began Monday.

Members of the FALN began appearing on the FBI's most wanted list following an Aug. 31, 1974, time bomb explosion at the Damrosch Park in New York's Lincoln Center. No injuries resulted from that blast, but in subsequent bombings about a half-dozen persons were killed and dozens more injured.

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