US charges Puerto Rican governor

March 27, 2008 8:13:11 AM PDT
Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged Thursday with 19 counts in a campaign finance probe, including conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and giving false testimony to the FBI. Acevedo says in a statement that he did nothing wrong. Thursday's indictment charges him and 12 party associates with illegal campaign fundraising.

The governor says he wants to assure the people of Puerto Rico that he has never acted illegally.

His statement did not go into specifics about what he called a politically motivated indictment. But in the past Acevedo has said U.S. authorities are persecuting him because he criticized a 2005 FBI raid that killed a Puerto Rican militant.