Venezuala Urges US to Turn Over TerroristVenezuala has urged the US to honor extradition accords and release CIA terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. Carriles is accused of blowing up an airliner in 1976 and killing 73 people. He was previously in jail in Venezuala but escaped with US assistance.
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Ali Rodriguez, urged Washington on Wednesday to honor its signed protocols and to extradite terrorist Luis Posada Carriles –currently at large in Miami— to Venezuela to stand trial.
In an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina news agency, Rodriguez said that Venezuela, by requesting the extradition order, is fulfilling its moral obligations and principles. He added that Venezuela has signed every agreement presented in regards to the condemnation and fight against terrorism.
In regards to the Luis Posada Carriles case, the Foreign Minister explained that not only is Posada Carriles a very well known terrorist, but his presence in the US is also well known and public, adding that a petition for his asylum is being heard.
“It is very strange that as soon as the possibility of a petition for asylum was mentioned, a statement was released affirming that Posada Carriles was not in the United States,” the Venezuelan official said in reference to statements made by US Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega on Wednesday.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister explained that the very first thing authorities in any country normally do upon receiving information that a prison escapee has illegally entered into their country is to attempt to capture that person, whether a terrorist or not.
On Tuesday, Venezuela’s Supreme Court declared an extradition petition for Luis Posada Carriles legitimate, indicating that there is ample evidence to convict Posada Carriles of homicide and treason against his country. The petition was issued April 27 by a Caracas court.
In 1976, Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosh, both of Cuban origin, organized, in Caracas, the in-flight bombing of a Cubana airliner in which all 73 passengers and crew died. For the crime, Posada Carriles was being held in a Venezuelan jail but escaped in 1985 with the assistance of the CIA and ultra-rightwing anti-Cuba organizations based in Miami.
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