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Perez: "Let me be clear. I will not resign"
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Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez says a Connecticut judge has signed a warrant for his arrest in connection with charges surrounding a key supporter, former state Rep. Abraham Giles.

 
Neither Perez nor his attorney detailed the charges, but Perez proclaimed his innocence at a news conference Monday. He vowed that his reputation will be restored. "I will not resign,'' he says.
 
Giles' attorney did not immediately returned a call seeking comment.
 
A spokesman for the chief state's attorney's office says no arrests are planned today. The spokesman declined further comment.  Since 2007, state investigators have been looking into a no-bid parking lot deal between the city and Giles. The deal included a $100,000 lease termination fee for Giles to vacate a city lot.
 
Below is Perez' entire statement, made in the offices of his lawyer, Hubert Santos: 

"I've been informed this afternoon that a warrant has been issued for my arrest in connection with allegations involving former state Representative Abraham Giles. I intend to fight these charges and continue to serve as your mayor.  I am innocent of the charges against me and I will fight for the facts to come out because the truth is on my side. 

"Let me be clear: I will not resign. I will continue to serve the people of Hartford because they elected me to a job and that job is not finished.  The only thing I ask the citizens of Hartford is to let me have my day in court. I want to be able to put the facts on the table and let the people know that there's more than the one-sided stories and the rumors that they have heard.

I am confident that I will be acquitted of all charges and my reputation restored. In the meanwhile, I will continue to serve the citizens of Hartford as their mayor and continue to make Hartford a better place for all of us.  Thank you."