Cuba Politics

Accused terrorist Luis Posada applies for US citizenship

Posted April 26, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Associated Press Writer

A Cuban militant accused of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner has applied to become a U.S. citizen, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Luis Posada Carriles, who has been jailed in El Paso on immigration charges since May, is scheduled to be interviewed Wednesday as part of his application.

Felipe D.J. Millan, an immigration lawyer hired by Posada’s Miami lawyers, said he will accompany Posada during the interview but declined to provide details of the application.

Posada, a former CIA operative and a fervent foe of Cuban President Fidel Castro, is accused by Cuba and Venezuela of plotting the 1976 bombing while living in Venezuela. He has denied involvement in the bombing, which killed 73 people.

Posada escaped from a Venezuelan prison in 1985 while awaiting retrial on the airline bombing charges, and Venezuela has formally sought his extradition.

He was jailed last year on immigration charges after being accused of sneaking into Texas from Mexico in March 2005. He was arrested in May after speaking to reporters in Miami.

In September, an immigration judge ruled that Posada should be deported, but said that the aging militant could not be sent to Cuba, where he was born, or Venezuela, where he is a naturalized citizen, because of the potential that he would be tortured. He has remained jailed since that decision.

Earlier this month, his Miami lawyers asked that a federal judge decide if the government can keep him jailed indefinitely while they look for a country where they can deport him.

Member Comments

On April 26, 2006, publisher wrote:

Original title of the story: Cuba Militant Applies for U.S. Citizenship

SHAME on Alicia Caldwell for calling Luis Posada a “militant”.

I guess she would call bin Laden an “opposition leader”.

How about calling Posada what he is an “accused terrorist currently in jail”?

On April 27, 2006, MiamiCuban wrote:

Anyone who takes part in blowing up an airliner carrying innocent people (or any people at all for that matter), is engaging in acts of terrorism.  It seems to me that Posada consistently breaks the law wherever he goes.  He blows up an airliner, escapes from jail, then enters the U.S. illegally.  What next?  Why should he be allowed to become a U.S. citizen?  This is a man who defies the law, and in all likelihood will continue to do so, where ever he ends up.  He needs to be sent back to Venezuela to face charges.