Jury Selection Continues At Cuban Militant’s Trial

EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — Jury selection continues Tuesday at the Texas trial of Cuba’s public enemy No. 1, anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles. Posada faces federal charges of perjury, obstruction and naturalization fraud.

The 82-year-old former CIA asset is accused of making false statements during immigration procedures five years ago when he was asked about a string of 1997 bombings of Havana hotels.

Cuba and Venezuela say Posada was behind the hotel bombings that killed an Italian tourist. Both governments also accuse him of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Airlines passenger plane.

Posada has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Cuba contends Posada hired two men to carry out the hotel attacks as part of a plot to hurt tourism on the communist island. U.S. prosecutors have filed detailed FBI documents linking Posada to the bombings, including reports from Cuba.

Posada claimed to have sneaked across the Mexican border into Texas. Prosecutors say he actually arrived in Miami on the boat of a longtime benefactor using a fake passport.

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  • henry

    He’s a G.D. murderer that should be sent back to Cuba to stand trial for his crimes. He’s guilty here and he’s guilty there.

  • Manolo

    The plane was supposed to blow up empty, while on the ground, to attract media attention to the fact that Castro was using civilian airplanes to carry militaty personell and operatives, against international law! But the best laid pland of mice and men oft go awry!!! It took off too earlly!! It was war then! Collateral damage, some say!! Times do change; my,my!!! “El Bambi” Posada Carriles, and others like him (but not as dedicated as he!) were once called “freedom fighters” by President Reagan; today they call him a terrorist…!!! He, and others like him served “The Company” well; whenever needed, sacrificing wife, children and family! Today, almost at the end of his life, he deserves a respite from war;he should be hanging out in a Calle Ocho rest. trading stories with other “Totally Controlled Latin-american Assets” as they were called! I had the honor to meet and learn from him; I wish him well in this trial. Today I dont think Castro can be toppled by arms, the change will come from within, and it will come. He served America and its ideals well! Lets not forget…! I admire and respect his sacrifice for freedom and liberty in Cuba! Que viva Cuba Libre!!

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