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Posted April 19, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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After a week of legal wrangling, a US court in Texas Thursday released a Cuban exile sought by Cuba and Venezuela on terrorism charges, a person connected to the case said.

Luis Posada Carriles, 78, is wanted in Cuba for the 1976 bombing of a passenger plane and has been charged in the US with seven counts of naturalization violations.

But the US has refused to expel him, and has turned down extradition requests for the one-time CIA operative because he could face torture in Venezuela or Cuba, a US judge ruled in 2005.

Cuban President Fidel Castro has charged that the US is protecting a terrorist by limiting his legal case to a minor immigration violation.

Posada’s release on 350,000 dollars bail was delayed by a week after US federal prosecutors obtained an emergency order to stop the release.

Posada was released by a federal court in El Paso, Texas, according to Anna Hernandez, a spokeswoman for his defence lawyer said.

‘He will be flying back to Miami soon,’ she said in a telephone interview.

But she said she could not ‘disclose where or when or how he’s coming back’ for security reasons.

Posada’s prospective release triggered hundreds of scattered protest demonstrations in Cuba last week.

Cuba and Venezuela accuse Posada - who has long-standing ties with the Central Intelligence Agency and has led several attacks against Cuba - of carrying out acts of terrorism, including the 1976 bombing of a Cubana de Aviacion passenger plane with 73 people on board.

Posada was convicted in Venezuela for being one of the masterminds of the airliner bombing, but he escaped from prison after eight years and joined US-directed covert counterinsurgency operations in Central America.

He was also convicted in Panama in 2000 for attempting to murder Cuban President Fidel Castro, but was pardoned four years later by a Panamanian president closely allied with the US.

Cuba has also accused Posada of masterminding the bombing attacks at Cuban tourist sites in 1997, which claimed the life of one Italian tourist.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 19, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Another AP story, this one written by By Laura Wides-Munoz

    SHAME on Wides-Munoz for describing Posada as a “militant”

    MIAMI – AP - Anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, an aging ex-CIA operative suspected in a decades-old Cuban airliner bombing, was released from U.S. custody Thursday and flew to Miami as he awaits trial on immigration fraud charges.

    Posada was released from a New Mexico jail after posting bond and will stay at his wife’s house in Miami, said his lawyer, Felipe D.J. Millan. He was required to post a $250,000 bond and his wife, daughter and son were required to post a $100,000 bond to secure his release.

    U.S. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said Posada was required to report to pretrial services immediately upon his arrival in Miami. There, he will receive an electronic monitoring device.

    Posada was accompanied by U.S. Marshals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

    The 79-year-old former CIA operative is awaiting a May 11 trial on allegations that he lied to immigration authorities while trying to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

    Earlier this week, an appeals court in New Orleans rejected the federal government’s bid to keep Posada jailed until his trial. The release order puts him under 24-hour house arrest and an electronic monitoring device.

    Posada is wanted in his native Cuba and in Venezuela, where he is accused of plotting the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people.

    A judge ruled that he couldn’t be deported to those countries because he might be tortured, and no other country has agreed to take him.

    Attorneys for Venezuela have argued that under international law, if the United States decides not to return Posada to Venezuela, it should try him on the bombing charges.

    Under the conditions of his release, Posada must try to find a country willing to take him, ICE officials said.

    Posada has been jailed since March 2005, when he was caught in Miami and sent to El Paso to face immigration charges.

    Posada’s return was hailed by some in Miami who view him as a freedom fighter.

    “He’s quite old and in bad health. We believe he should be with his family and will not be a risk,” said Angel De Fana, who heads a Miami-based group that supports political prisoners in Cuba and wrote a letter in favor of Posada’s release.

    Cuban media has been filled in recent days with condemnations of Posada’s possible release, saying President Bush would be ultimately responsible if the anti-Castro fighter went free. In a written message last week, the Castro government accused the Bush administration of deciding “the liberation of the monster beforehand.”

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a Castro ally, on Thursday called Posada’s release proof of U.S. hypocrisy in its war on terror.

    “They say they fight against terrorism, (but) there it is! Their mask keeps falling off,” Chavez said. “The U.S. empire will end up being a paper tiger, and we will be tigers of steel!”

     

    Associated Press writers Alicia Caldwell in Monahans, Texas and Ian James in Caracas, Venezuela, contributed to this report.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 24, 2007 by Frank Lee

    Do you get the feeling that something just isn’t right here? Posada, an ex-CIA operative who was convicted by a Venezualan court of law & imprisoned for masterminding a terrrorist act, the bombing of a civilian airliner which took the lives of 73 innocent Cubans. Escaped after only 8 years & was involved in covert counterinsurengency operations in other Central American ccountries! (more violence)  Wait, that’s not the end yet. Then he’s arrested again, this time in Panama for attempting to murder Cuban President Fidel Castro in 2000. After 4 years in prison he’s pardoned by a pro US leader & then a year later he gets arrested in Miami Fla. for lying to an immgration officer at least 7 times (7 counts). The US Federal Judge has released him on bail & ruled that he cannot be sent back to Venezuela or Cuba where he is wanted because he may be tortured. Correct me if I’m wrong, but does this sound like a freedom fighter or a CIA black ops, a hired killer carring out violent acts of murder against innocent civilians, tried & convicted in several countries, imprisoned, escaped & imprisoned again only to lie & give false information to federal officers. I wonder if those 73 Cubans killed in the terrorist bombing suffered torture or their families? I don’t think it should be up to the US to decide who should be imprisoned in this case as they are obviously protecting one of their own. After all, he might talk, & say something they don’t want us to hear. Like the truth! Shame on the US Government, for while they condemn others, even torturing them in Iraq & in Guantanamo, Cuba. Holding them without charges, & giving them military trials without any real rights because they are terrorists. Did someone say hypocrisy??? Shame on us for allowing our former great nation become the bully who dosn’t listen to anyone & dosn’t even care.  Wouldn’t it be nice to hear of something the US did that was good for others. Like protecting the weak or spending it’s tax dollars to help & heal instead of hurt & maim & kill.  Ugh! But then what can you expect of the largest arms dealing country in the world, who profits from the wars that only bring misery & suffering to others. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God!” Why then is the US protecting (blessing) this murderer & war maker?


  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 24, 2007 by Frank Lee

    PS The real masterminds in all that was done by Posada & others against Soverign nations like Cuba, are those who are now protecting them, or harbouring them & sponsoring them.  Who was paying for Posada’s activities? Was he receiving funds from the CIA? Who is telling this Federal Judge what to do & who is his patron? In my dictionary a sponsor is a person or agency who assumes a certain responsibility for those they sponsor. But now the USA is more of a patron, someone who assumes the role of protector or benefactor, & in this case both.  May the real masterminds, who are hiding themselves & the truth behind their hireling, be held accountable for their plots which resulted in death to innocents.  “Were they ashamed when they had committed these crimes? No they were not, neither could they blush!”


  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 24, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The Cuban Americans who think that Posada is a good terrorist are the ones supporting him.

    Seriously.



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