U.S. Denies Venezuelan Provisional Arrest Request for Alleged Terrorist

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Friday, July 1, 2005
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
21
Issue: 
7
275
Abstract: 
On May 27, 2005, the U.S. government denied the provisional arrest request of the Venezuelan government for the arrest of its citizen Luis Posada Carriles. On May 3, 2005, the Venezuela Supreme Court ruled its executive branch should request the United States to extradite Posada, an anti-communist Cuban exile wanted by Cuba on terrorist charges. On May 18, 2005, U.S. officials detained Posada in Miami after he publicly gave interviews with local reporters. The Cuban government has charged Posada with several attacks, including the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that blew up on departure from Barbados and killed dozens of people. Posada was acquitted for the 1976 bombing after two trials in Venezuela, but then escaped from a jail there in 1985 while he waited for an appeal by prosecutors...[more]