Friday, 15 April 2011

Cuba denounces US acquittal of terrorist Carriles at the UN

UN: Cuba Denounces US Acquittal of Terrorist.
Source: Cubaminrex-Prensa Latina, 12 April 2011.

Cuba requested the UN on Monday [April 11, 2011] to distribute as an official UN document a note addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by Cuba's Foreign Ministry condemning the acquittal of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in a judicial farce in the United States.

In a press release, the Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN said that after three months of judicial farce in Texas, it took only three hours for the jury to find the notorious international terrorist not guilty.

Posada Carriles was acquitted from 11 charges of perjury, immigration fraud and obstruction of procedure, all risible accusations compared to the magnitude of his terrorist actions, including the bombing of a Cuban plane, killing all 73 people on board, in 1976 and his involvement in a
series of bomb attacks in Havana in 1997, said the note.

As Posada is acquitted, five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters are unfairly serving a collective 99-year sentence, plus two life sentences, in US prisons for informing on the plans of violent actions against Cuba conceived by terrorist groups based in U.S. territory, added the text.

During the past 12 years, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez, also known as The Cuban Five, have suffered inhuman, humiliating treatment in US prisons.

Posada Carriles' acquittal is an insult to the children without fathers, the widows and the mothers crying for the trail of death left by this terrorist, said the Cuban note.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said that what happened in El Paso is a shame as it contradicts the US much-trumpeted war on terror, which has triggered military interventions and claimed thousands of lives in other countries.

The note wondered if Washington will be able to open another legal procedure against Posada Carriles for terrorism or proceed to his extradition to Venezuela, as requested over five years ago.

It said that the United States has the obligation by law to agree to this request as it is a signatory of international agreements in this regard and in compliance with UN Security Council resolution 1373 (2001).