[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
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
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
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
list of crimes.
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