November 8, 1988
American free-lance photographer Conan Owen, 24, convicted of smuggling cocaine into Spain, returned to the United States, ostensibly to complete the last 5 1/2 years of a six-year Spanish prison term. He arrived in New York under the terms of a 1983 treaty that provides for the transfer of prisoners between the United States and Spain when a citizen of one country is convicted of a crime in the other.
November 24, 1988 |
Five members of Congress asked President Reagan on Wednesday to pardon Conan Owen, the photographer freed from a Spanish prison after serving time for what U.S. officials say was a wrongful drug trafficking conviction. Owen, 24, arrived at his parents' Annandale, Va., home Tuesday night to a boisterous greeting from neighbors and friends, who had festooned the house with balloons and signs. He must remain there under house arrest until March, when he will be eligible for U.S. parole.
December 23, 2000 |
Russian media magnate Vladimir A. Gusinsky was released from a Spanish jail Friday after his lawyers posted bail of $5.5 million in a case that has focused international attention on press freedom in Russia. Gusinsky, wanted in Russia on fraud charges, will be confined to his luxury villa in southern Spain under police guard pending extradition proceedings, according to conditions set by a Spanish judge earlier Friday. Gusinsky's case has been closely watched by the U.S.
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November 22, 1988 |
Leaders of the Church of Scientology from eight nations have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of extortion, forgery and tax evasion, it was disclosed Monday. Heber Jentzsch of Los Angeles, president of the Church of Scientology International, was among the 69 people detained Sunday at a Scientology congress at a luxury hotel in downtown Madrid.
March 20, 1988 |
On March 13, 1987, Conan David Owen landed at Barcelona airport from Santiago, Chile, worn out but elated from his first stint as a photographer on a foreign assignment. At customs, the 23-year-old from the Washington suburb of Annandale, Va., spread his cameras and two suitcases on the counter for what he thought was a routine check. Fifteen minutes later, he stood in a room off the main customs area and watched a police officer poke and squeeze the sides of the larger, buff-brown suitcase.
June 29, 1986 |
The only man convicted of murder in a bloody 1971 riot at San Quentin Prison is battling to win his release on parole--with the surprising support of a number of prison guards. The acquittal Friday of one-time fugitive lawyer Stephen Bingham of murder and conspiracy in the uprising leaves inmate Johnny L. Spain as the only person convicted of murder in the Aug. 21, 1971, incident, which left six people dead, including three guards.