Thursday, January 05, 2006

US Maneuvers to Grant Parole to Terrorist

Havana, Jan. 5 (AIN) The US government is considering granting parole to notorious international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles following its ruling-out an extradition request by Venezuela.

The Spanish version of the Miami Herald reported on Thursday that the status of Posada Carriles will be reviewed on January 24, despite protests by many figures who consider giving him residence in the United States as inadmissible under the principles proclaimed by the US president himself.

A note issued by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office (ICE) advised the criminal's defense attorneys that the hearing will consider if their defendant could pose any danger to the US community and if he would be willing to regularly present himself before the US justice authorities.

Defense attorney Eduardo Soto said, "That means that the government will review the entire case of my client, including his records, his military service, his service
in Venezuela, even his would-be sponsors and residence here."

According to the Miami-based publication, the verdict on Posada's parole or detention could be issued within the next 60 days.

Next January 24, attorney Soto is scheduled to submit all documents supporting the parole hearing in support of Posada Carriles, who has been detained since May 17.

The announcement of the revision of Posada's case takes place on the heels of the arrest seven weeks ago of the criminal's major supporter, Santiago Alvarez, under charges of the possession of illegal of weapons and false ID's.

Posada Carriles is an infamous Cuban-born terrorist and a major collaborator with Miami-based mafia groups. He has also been a key organizer of terrorist actions against Cuba.

Posada participated in the 1976 mid-air bombing of a Cuban airliner off the coasts of Barbados; all 73 people on board died. He also trained and provided weapons and explosives to Central American mercenaries who carried out terrorist actions against Havana hotels, one of which took the life of an Italian tourist.

In the year 2000, he planned an assassination attempt against President Fidel Castro during the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in Panama. Posada was then arrested along with another three terrorists following denunciations by the Cuban Revolution leader.

Former Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso released the four terrorists hours before concluding her presidential mandate and later Posada reappeared in the US, where he was arrested under the charge of illegal entry in the United States.

Posada's reappearance in US territory has not yet been explained by US authorities, despite the fact that evidence points to his having traveled from Mexico on board the boat "Santrina" - owned and registered by his close collaborator Santiago Alvarez, a fact denounced by Cuba on repeated occasions.

Venezuela requested for Posada's extradition to appear in court, since he escaped from a penitentiary in that country where he was being held following the bomb
attempt against the Cubana airline. The terrorist faces charges of committing torture and murder while he was a senior official of Venezuelan secret services.

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