Thursday, April 26, 2007

Venezuela, Cuba ask U.N. to investigate Posada's release

KGBT 4, Harlingen, Texas

UNITED NATIONS - Venezuela and Cuba have asked a U-N committee to investigate the release of a Cuban militant who's wanted in Venezuela on charges of plotting a 1976 airliner bombing that killed 73 people.
Seventy-nine-year-old Luis Posada Carriles was released from a New Mexico jail last week after posting bail.

He's awaiting a trial in El Paso on charges of lying to U-S immigration authorities.

In a statement, Venezuela and Cuba said the release -- quote -- "constitutes a clear violation of the Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism."

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the U-S of protecting a terrorist instead of handing him over to be tried. Venezuela made an extradition request to the U-S in 2005.

Venezuelan authorities accuse Posada, a militant opponent of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, of plotting the 1976 bombing of the Cubana Airlines jet while living in the Venezuela.

Posada has denied involvement.

He's been jailed in the United States since May 2005, when he admitted sneaking into the country illegally from Mexico.

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