Saturday, 9 April 2011

US terrorist Carriles acquitted

Posada Carriles acquited on all counts
Source: South Journal, 08 April 2011.

After a three-month trial at El Paso Federal Court, it took the jury just three hours to find Luis Posada Carriles innocent of all 11 counts of perjury, fraud and obstruction of justice. Despite his terrorist records the defendant was not processed for his real crimes.

Luis Posada Carriles, accused of having masterminded the worst terrorist act in Latin America and other attacks against Cuba, of having coordinated illegal and violent actions in Central America and a CIA agent, faced a trial which, for the first time in the United States, included evidence and testimonies about his terrorism-related underground activity.

Posada has been identified as a dangerous terrorist by some US authorities; he has been on the Interpol lists and Venezuela has requested his extradition. However he has never faced a process similar to that of other terrorist suspects in the United States, or in the Guantanamo US naval base.

The charges of perjury and migratory fraud that he faced in El Paso focused on his illegal entry in the United States in 2005, as well as subsequent lies to US authorities about his role in some terrorist cases.