Al-Zarqawi killing 'a barbarity,' says Fidel

Campaign News | Sunday, 11 June 2006

"The accused should not be simply eliminated," says Cuban leader

HAVANA, 10 June: President Fidel Castro has called the US airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "barbarity," saying he should have been put on trial.

The United States acted as "judge and jury" against the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq, Fidel said late on Friday.

He added that if Cuba used the same logic, it could bomb the United States to kill its No. 1 enemy, Luis Posada Carriles, who is being held in El Paso, Texas on immigration charges.

Cuban-born Posada masterminded numerous terrorist attacks against the island, and is wanted in Venezuela for the bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people in 1976.

On the al-Zarqawi killing, Fidel added:

"They bragged, they were practically drunk with happiness."

"The accused cannot just be eliminated," he told a literacy conference. "This barbarity cannot be done."

The US military has said al-Zarqawi initially survived the dropping of two 500-pound bombs on his hide-out Wednesday, but died a short time later.

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