Venezuela to present resolution on extradition of Posada Carriles to the OAS

Campaign News | Tuesday, 6 June 2006

Organisation of American States conference becomes field of ideological battle with US

SANTO DOMINGO, 6 June - Venezuela is to present a resolution on the extradition of "terrorists" - an implicit allusion to the case of Luis Posada Carriles, currently detained in the United States - to the General Assembly of the OAS, in session until Tuesday in the Dominican Republic.

The text calls on "all member states to bring to trial and, in due case, extradite? any individual who participates in the planning, preparation, commission or financing of acts of terrorism," according to a draft published this Sunday in Santo Domingo, the venue of the OAS Summit, AFP reports.

The resolution also calls on countries in the hemisphere to "take the corresponding measures? to ensure that the conditions of refugee or asylum seeker are not recognized in the cases of persons concerning whom there are founded motives to consider that they have committed a terrorist crime."

The text drafted by Venezuela also asks for "actions to strengthen hemispheric legal cooperation in extradition matters" and calls on countries of the region to "ensure that no person received after being extradited is subjected to serious violations of their human rights."

Venezuelan justice is demanding the extradition of Posada Carriles - who confronts migratory charges in the United States - for the 1976 sabotage of a Cubana Aviation passenger plane, which was plotted in Venezuela, but which the United States has still not granted.

In a prior statement to the Santo Domingo Summit, José Miguel Insulza, OAS secretary general, asked the United States to examine the extradition application for Posada.

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