Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Campaign in the US to Demand Extradition of Posada Carriles

Martes, 20 de Mayo A new national campaign to demand the White House extradites known terrorist Luis Posada Carriles will begin on May 20 in the US capital, announced the Free the Five organization (freethefive.org) on Friday. A conference will take place that day at the National Press Club in Washington under the auspices of the ANSWER coalition (Acts Now to Stop to the War and to put an End to Racism) to demand the criminal be tried for his acts. Among those misdeeds are the blowing up of a commercial Cubana de Aviation airplane in October 1976, which caused the death of all 73 people aboard. Likewise, Posada has been implicated in the lethal planting of bombs in hotels in Havana in 1997. According to ANSWER, there will also be a call made for the immediate release of the “Cuban Five,”—Ramón Labañino, René González, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando González— who have spent almost ten years in prison in the United States for monitoring Miami-based terrorist organizations responsible for crimes against Cuba. Among the speakers will be Wayne Smith, former head of the US Interests Section in Havana and now a senior researcher with the International Policy Center; José Pertierra, the lawyer representing Venezuela in the extradition request; Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, co-founder of the Association for Civil Justice; Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition; and Livio di Celmo, brother of Fabio di Celmo, a young Italian who was killed during the Havana hotel attacks masterminded by Posada. At the press conference, each media representative will receive two documentaries: Posada Carriles: Terrorism Made in the USA, and Mission Against Terror (on the case of the Cuban Five), indicated the bulletin of the National Committee to Free the Five. Two days later, on Thursday, May 22, at the University of California, will be held another conference called “Escaping from Justice: The History of an Exiled Terrorist.” On this occasion, in addition to Wayne Smith and José Pertierra, will be participating Roseanne Nenninger, who is the sister of the late Raymond Persaud, a victim of the explosion of the Cuban flight number 455; and Peter Kornbluh, an analyst of George Washington University’s National Security Archives. This past May 2, Luis Posada Carriles —the self-confessed assassin and known former CIA operative— again called for acts of terrorism against Cuba during a dinner in Miami attended by elements of the ultra-right Cuban-American mafia. /JR
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