Cuban News Agency
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 17 (ACN) US journalist Ann Louise Bardach, with The New York Times, stated on Wednesday in El Paso, Texas, that terrorist Luis Posada Carriles admitted in an interview to that daily that he was the mastermind behind the bombings in Cuba, in 1997.
Bardach testified at a trial against the confessed criminal underway since last January 10 and told the jury about her meeting with Posada Carriles in June of 1998, in Aruba.
The story was told to Prensa Latina via telephone by attorney Jose Pertierra, representative of Venezuela in the extradition demand against Posada Carriles.
According to Pertierra, prosecutor Timothy J. Reardon requested the jury to reproduce the interview, while commenting on the answers given by the terrorist.
The prosecutor asked the witness why would Posada Carriles want to be interviewed, to which Bardach answered that perhaps Posada Carriles was looking to talk about his role in what he thought was a heroic campaign in Cuba.
Pertierra noted that in the fragments of the interview reproduced in the trial, Carriles is heard saying that he planned the attacks against the hotels in Havana as head of the operation.
Pertierra also told PL that Posada told the journalist that killing Fabio Di Celmo was not intentional because he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Bardach revealed that during her last day in Aruba, Posada Carriles handed her a few handwritten notes justifying the use of violence against Cuba, Pertierra added.
In El Paso, Posada Carriles is charged of having lied to immigration authorities about his entry in the country, however he is not being judged for criminal acts like planning the in midair blowing of a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 people aboard, and the bombings of hotels in Havana in 1997.
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