Monday, December 20, 2010

Evidence Given by Cuba on the Case of Posada Carriles Accepted

Radio Cadena Agramonte

Havana, Cuba, Dec 18.- Judge Kathleen Cardone decided in El Paso, Texas, not to postpone the trial of Luis Posada Carriles and accept as evidence against him the documents Cuba previously gave the district attorney’s office.

The evidence consists of more than 6,000 documents related to the bombs that exploded in the island’s tourist sector in 1997 and 1998.

The terrorist’s defense lawyers had requested the court the exclusion of these documents or that the hearing was postponed so they could go through them.

The district attorney’s office accuses Posada Carriles of having lied about his involvement in the conspiracy to explode these bombs, which caused the death of Italian tourist Fabio di Celmo at Cuba’s Copacabana Hotel in 1997, the National Television Newscast reported.

The judge also decided to allow the district attorney’s office to use the documents given by the Guatemalan government related Posada Carriles as evidence, including the passport used by the terrorist with the name of Manuel Enrique Castillo Lopez.

The lawyers of the confessed criminal had requested the court to exclude all the documentation and to prohibit the district attorney’s office from using it against him.

Cardone announced on Thursday that she won’t allow a deferment of the trial, like Posada Carriles’ defense wanted.

The trial will begin on January 11, 2011 in El Paso, Texas, after the selection on January 10 of a panel composed of members of a jury.

The charges of the US authorities are to have lied in immigration procedures and to obstruct an investigation on international terrorism.

The most serious charges against Posada Carriles are pending in Venezuela, which requested its extradition on June 15, 2005, and the request is still pending.

There are 73 charges of homicide, for the blowing in mid air of a Cubana airliner on October 6, 1976, which killed all people on board. (acn)

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