Honduras accuses US of protecting Carriles
Campaign News | Thursday, 28 August 2008
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya accused the United States on Wednesday of defending terrorists for not putting Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA agent, on trial.
Posada Carriles, who lives in Miami, is accused of plotting to blow up a civilian Cuban airliner that killed 73 persons as well as for an assassination attempt in Panama against Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
Zelaya said that only eight days after he took office in January 2006, the then US ambassador to Tegucigalpa, Charles Ford, asked his government to grant political asylum to Posada Carriles.
“I told him it would be impossible to give a visa to Posada Carriles (?) or diplomatic asylum, when he was a person seriously questioned in the world for terrorist acts. They (the United States defend that type of terrorism, they defend it, I can assure,” said the Honduran president in an interview with the local HRN radio, reported Reuters.