Cuban-born Terrorist Posada Carriles, a 30 Years as Fugitive

August 18, 2015

Family Members of Cuban Victims of Cubana Airlines, Photo: Bill Hackwell

Family members of the victims of the bombing of the Cubana airliner in 1976, Photo: Bill Hackwell

Cuban-born terrorist Luis Posada Carriles has been a fugitive from Venezuelan justice for 30 years now, with an extradition order against him still in place.

Carriles was imprisoned in Venezuela for being the intellectual leader of the operation that blew up a Cubana Airlines plane on October 6th, 1976, killing 73 people.

Venezuelan authorities and statements made by the criminal himself confirmed that his escape was planned and promoted from Miami in the United States.Posada Carriles disguised himself and used a fake ID to evade prison on August 18th 1985.

He then took refuge and travelled across Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where he supported counterrevolutionary activities in Nicaragua, among other operations in the Central American region. The mercenary continued to carry out terrorist actions and is the organizer and mastermind behind a series of bomb attacks against hotels in Havana in 1997.

He publicly confessed that he was responsible for these actions in an interview to the New York Times newspaper.

He also planned an assassination attempt against Fidel Castro when he was in Panama in November 2000 to participate in an Ibero-American Summit. That attack was thwarted and Posada Carriles along with Gaspar Eugenio Jiménez, Pedro Remón y Guillermo Novo – all known criminals – were arrested for conspiracy to assassinate the Cuban president.

After a long judicial process, the terrorists were convicted of attempted murder with explosives against Fidel Castro, but on August 26 2004, they were released by a presidential pardon during Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso’s last days in office.

In 2005, he re-entered the United States and shortly after was arrested for immigration issues.

He was bailed out on April 19 2007 and then released in April 2011 by a jury in El Paso, Texas, that dismissed all the evidence presented and declared him not guilty of the charges presented by the US government.
Since then, Posada Carriles freely walks the streets of the United States.

Source: Prensa Latina