[News] Venezuela - Demand extradition for Posada Carilles

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Mon Apr 23 11:50:23 EDT 2007



Dear Friend of Venezuela,

TERRORIST GOES FREE, SETTLES IN MIAMI

"WITH A MISGUIDED decision upholding bail for Cuban-born terrorist 
Luis Posada Carriles, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New 
Orleans has done more than free a frail old man facing unremarkable 
immigration charges. It has exposed Washington to legitimate charges 
of hypocrisy in the war on terror." notes the Los Angeles Times in 
their 
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=329490183&url_num=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rethinkvenezuela.com%2Fnews%2F04-20-07la.html>editorial 
today.

Less than a week after the Court blocked self-proclaimed terrorist 
Luis Posada Carriles' release from jail, the Court changed its mind 
despite Justice Department efforts to prevent his release. In 
response to the Justice Department's argument that he constitutes a 
flight risk due to his escape from a Venezuelan jail in 1985, the 
court ordered Posada to be fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his 
whereabouts. He will remain under house arrest in Miami until his 
immigration trial begins on May 11. Many in Venezuela suspect the 
Justice Department's plea to keep him in jail was luke-warm at best. 
According to the New York Times, Posada Carriles is a former 
intelligence operative and United States Army officer who has been 
held since May 2005 for entering the United States illegally. Read 
the 
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=329490183&url_num=2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2Freuters%2Fworld%2Finternational-cuba-exile.html%3F_r%3D1%26amp%3Boref%3Dslogin>full 
story.

VENEZUELA CALLS FOR FAIRNESS IN CASE & IMMEDIATE EXTRADITION

Venezuela is currently requesting the extradition of Posada to stand 
trial for the 1973 bombing of a Cuban airlplane that killed all on 
board, mostly young athletes. Venezuela accused the U.S. government 
yesterday of being an "accomplice" to a terrorist and restated that 
either he should be extradited to Venezuela or be tried in the U.S. 
for his terrorist activities.

Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Thursday "The government of the 
United States could have acted in this case and didn't want to... 
George Bush's government is an accomplice of this terrorist. It has 
protected him and today it has guaranteed his freedom, striking a 
blow against and mocking international law."

Interestingly, earlier this week Congressman Dennis Kucinich called 
for Posada's extradition in a 
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=329490183&url_num=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fkucinich.house.gov%2FNews%2FDocumentSingle.aspx%3FDocumentID%3D62722>letter 
he sent to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "The United States must 
cooperate with the global community to further the protection of our 
citizens from terrorists. Posada Carriles should be tried for his 
crimes and will be if extradited to Venezuela. Releasing Posada 
Carriles would be a grave mistake." Read his full letter here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

CALL OR VISIT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS

To set up a meeting or speak directly with your representative and 
senators call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. Tell 
them that we are sending the wrong message to the international 
community and that Posada should be extradited to Venezuela or tried 
for his terrorist activities but he should not be free on bail!

WRITE AN OPED FOR YOUR LOCAL PAPER

Much is misunderstood about the case of Posada Carriles, including 
his self-admitted terrorist activities that have killed and injured 
Americans, Cubans and many more throughout the hemisphere. As the 
Christian Science Monitor recently pointed out, "In 1998, he admitted 
to The New York Times that he organized a wave of bombings of Cuban 
hotels and nightclubs in an attempt to discourage tourism to the 
island. One of those bombings killed Fabio Di Celmo, an Italian 
businessman. " Read more about his 
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=329490183&url_num=4&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rethinkvenezuela.com%2Fnews%2F04-12-07csm.html>laundry 
list of crimes.





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