Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement on Luis Posada Carriles Exoneration

ON the afternoon of April 8, 2011, the farce initiated 13 weeks ago in El Paso, Texas, concluded with the exoneration of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles of all immigration charges filed against him.

 

For all of those who have followed the sinister career of this terrorist and his connections with successive U.S. administrations, the FBI and CIA in the criminal war on Cuba, this is but one more demonstration of the support and protection historically afforded him by U.S. authorities.

 

Since Posada landed in Florida – arriving from Isla Mujeres in Mexico aboard the Santrina vessel – he has remained, as always, under the tutelage and protection of the United States government, as Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro denounced at that time.

 

His trial for having lied during immigration procedures, not as a terrorist, is an insult to the people of Cuba and the families who lost loved ones as a result of Posada’s acts.

 

The shameless proceedings in El Paso are totally contradictory to the anti-terrorist policy which the government of the United States professes to follow and which has even led to military interventions in other countries and cost thousands of lives.

 

The United States government is well aware of Posada’s participation in the 1976 downing of a Cubana de Aviación airliner, the 1997 bombing campaign against Cuban tourist facilities and his attempt on the life of our Comandante en Jefe, in Panama, in 2000, for which he was convicted in that country.

 

The administration in Washington has in its hands all the evidence substantiating Posada’s crimes, much of which was presented during the trial in El Paso.

It remains to be seen if it is now capable of bringing new legal charges against Posada Carriles for terrorism or to proceed with his extradition to Venezuela, which was solicited more than five years ago by that country and is legally demanded by international accords to which the U.S. is a party and by United National Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001), which was proposed precisely by the United States.

 

Most incongruous is the fact that, while Posada Carriles has been exonerated, five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters remain unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. for seeking information about the activities of Cuban-born terrorists who, like Posada Carriles, with impunity, freely walk the streets of Miami.

 

Cuba reiterates that the government of the United States is fully responsible for this outcome and demands that it assume its obligations in the struggle against terrorism, with no hypocrisy or double standards.


Havana, April 9, 2011

Translated by Granma International

 

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