Obama asked to extradite terrorist Posada Carriles

Campaign News | Sunday, 14 December 2008

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has asked US president-elect Barack Obama to extradite Luis Posada Carriles, who is sought by the Venezuelan justice system for acts of terrorism.

“President Obama, send us the terrorist. We are asking you to do so because he should be in prison, and not walking free on the streets of the United States,” exhorted Chávez.

The Venezuelan leader also commented on the need for Obama to review the inhumane conditions at the US prison in Guantanamo, Cuba. He said the issue was complicated because the prison is located on that Caribbean island which no formal diplomatic relations with the US.

Chávez recalled Posada Carriles’ participation in actions against Cuba. “They bought F-16 aircraft to maintain Cuba isolated within a military enclave. ?we must remember the horrific role played by Luis Posada Carriles, who headed dictatorial police operations in Venezuela, said Chavez, who later referred Carriles’ involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner in which 73 people were killed.

“Those times are over,” asserted Chavez, adding that “the great day of ‘Our America’ has come,” alluding to how Latin American independence leader Simon Bolivar called the region.

The president went on to talk about the actions in the region that lead to integration-particularly between Cuba and his country.

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