US protects terrorist Posada Carriles

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 April 2008

The Cuban Foreign Ministry (MINREX) issued a statement on Thursday denouncing that the US Government continues to protect international and self-confessed terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

In the text published by Granma news daily, MINREX recalls that May 8th will mark the first anniversary of the definite release of Posada Carriles by US Judge Kathleen Cardone, who rejected all charges against the terrorist in spite of the fact that he had only been accused of migratory fraud.

“The US Government has not accused Posada Carriles for his terrorist record, although it has more than enough evidence that comes from its

old ties with him and also the evidence that Cuba has provided since 1998,” the statement stresses.

The text stresses that, paradoxically, it was Judge Kathleen Cardone who, in one of her initial statements, noted that Posada Carriles is a dangerous terrorist and even enumerated some of his crimes.

“Cardone recalled that Posada participated in the mid-air bombing of the Cubana 455 flight in 1976 and also in a series of bomb attacks against

hotels in Havana in 1997 as well as in assassination attempts against

Commander in Chief Fidel Castro in Panama in 2000,” the MINREX statement


“President George W. Bush refuses to try him as what he really is, a

terrorist, which blatantly violates US legislations and the international duties of his government,” the text points out.

The MINREX declaration stresses that the release of the former CIA agent

shows that a trial against him in the United States is a farce and

insists on the fact that Washington continues to ignore a 2005

extradition request from Venezuela.

The statement adds that the attitude of the US Attorney’s Office in the

case of Posada Carriles contrasts with its behaviour in the case against

five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters who remain imprisoned in the United

States since 1998 after a process tainted with numerous violations.

“The Cuban Foreign Ministry ratifies that the Cuban people will continue

to demand that justice be made in the case against this criminal,” the

note concludes.

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