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International terrorist Posada Carriles released in the U.S.

by granma (reposted)
WASHINGTON, April 19 (PL).—International terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was released today by U.S. authorities, despite evidence in their possession of his participation in criminal acts.

According to one of Posada’s lawyers, Felipe Milán, after the bond of $250,000 was posted, his client left the New Mexico prison where he had been detained and traveled to Miami.

On Tuesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans found in favor of release on bail for the criminal, whom Washington is refusing to try for his bloody acts against Cuba.

The court ruling ignored a Justice Department petition to maintain the detention of Posada Carriles, who has only been charged for the violation of immigration laws and not for his terrorist activities against the island.

It was in the hands of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department to prevent the release of the terrorist, one of the perpetrators of the 1976 sabotage in full flight of a Cubana passenger plane with 73 people on board.

In order to prevent him from being released, the government was forced to argue that to do so would constitute a danger to the community.

Two weeks ago, Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled in favor of the release of this Cuban-born criminal, upon his deposit of a corporate bond of $250,000.

His release is likewise backed up by a so-called family financial commitment, and adorned with an "electronic bracelet" that the terrorist has to wear as a means of localizing him.

Under the order, Posada Carriles is to remain in Miami and non-authorized visits are not permitted.

The judge’s ruling was contradictory, given that in her document she acknowledges that the terrorist is "associated with some of the most infamous events of twentieth-century Central America."

Those events include "Bay of Pigs invasion, the Iran-Contra affair, the 1976 bombing of Cubana Flight 455, the tourist bombings of 1997 and even – according to some conspiracy theorists – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, she noted.

However, Cardone decided that the charges faced by the detainee are unrelated to any of those events.

Posada Carriles was arrested in May 2005 after appearing in public in Miami, thus making evident his illegal entry into U.S. territory.

Last January, a federal district judge in Texas arraigned him on seven charges, including fraud in the naturalization process and another six for giving false information to immigration officials, but none for terrorist crimes.

The trial is set for May 11.

In addition to blowing up the Cuban aircraft, Posada’s criminal record includes the planning of a series bombings of Havana tourist facilities in 1997, one of which caused the death of Italian Fabio di Celmo.

He was also one of a group of four terrorists who organized a thwarted attempt on the life of Cuban President Fidel Castro during the 10th Ibero-American Summit in Panama in 2000.

Translated by Granma International
Havana, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon reiterated his country's accusations against the United States for protecting terrorist Luis Posada Carriles with legal conspiracies.

In a solemn act held Wednesday on occasion of the 100th birthday of Raul Roa (1907-1982), Alarcon said that Washington "has spent two years protecting Posada Carriles with legal maneuvering to evade extraditing him to Venezuela or trying him as terrorist". "We must return to the thoughts of Roa, known as the Chancellor of Dignity, because Cuba's dangers are immense", the National Peoples Power Assembly (Congress) president stated.

Addressing leaders gathered at Havana University's Aula Magna, Alarcon denounced that the US government, led by President George W. Bush, spends hundreds of millions of dollars against the island.

While protecting Posada Carriles, noted Alarcon, the White House maintains for almost nine years five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters in prison, whose mission was to prevent Miami-based terrorist groups from attacking Cuba.

Both cases, pointed out the island's Congressional leader, currently prove the US criminal nature and its desire to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
§Poor Filmmakers Claim Justice for Posada Victims
by more
Gibara, Holguin, Cuba, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The moviemakers that are participating in the 5th Poor Movie Festival, responded to the call signed by intellectuals of the world, who are claiming justice for the victims of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

Cuban film director Humberto Solas, fouder and president of the festival, currently held in Havana since April 16-22, read the document.

The signatories asserted in the text that "while thousands of people have died in the name of the struggle against terrorism, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and others are tortured in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the United States protects Posada Carriles."

They call this man of Cuban origin and Venezuelan nationality "the most notorious terrorist in the western hemisphere."

Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer; artists Danny Glover, Manu Chau, and Walter Salles, and philosopher Gianni Vattimo are among the figures that signed the document.

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