Havana, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Luis Posada Carriles murdered 73 people in Barbados, but it was not in the best interest of the United States that he be tried for the crime against flight CU-455, attorney José Pertierra said today.
In an exclusive interview by Prensa Latina, the Cuban lawyer based in Washington, assured that Posada kept secrets about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that could implicate the US government in State terrorism.
According to official records, on October 6, 1976, Cubana de Aviación flight CU-455 departed from Guyana to Havana, via the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.
After the explosions of the C-4 implanted in the plane by two Venezuelans under the command of Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosh, all the passengers died: 57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese and five North Koreans.
The evidence on Posada Carriles’ guilt as the intellectual author of the attack is abundant,’ Pertierra said.
According to the lawyer, Hernán Ricardo, one of the material authors of the event, confessed to the officials of Trinidad and Tobago that he and his accomplice, Freddy Lugo, detonated two bombs on the plane as ordered by Posada.
These confessions exist, they are handwritten by Hernan Ricardo and Freddy Lugo, I read them with my own eyes and we sent them to the US authorities when we tried to extradite Posada Carriles to be tried in Venezuela,” he said.
When interrogated by the Barbados police, those responsible confessed and implicated Posada and Bosch, so both men were arrested in Venezuela.
The four detainees were subjected to a prolonged judicial process from which Ricardo and Lugo were sentenced to 20 years in prison on August 8, 1985.
Before the case was concluded, Posada Carriles escaped from the San Juan de los Morros prison in Venezuela with the help of his friends in Miami and Washington,’ recalled Pertierra.
He explained that a few weeks later, and in spite of being a fugitive with Interpol’s code red, the CIA hired Posada to work in the operation known as Iran/Contra in the military base of Ilopango, El Salvador.
The United States simply ignored our request for extradition, although the law states that if the evidence shows the alleged guilt of the accused, he should be detained for extradition purposes and sent to Venezuela,” said the lawyer.
Furthermore, the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation signed by Venezuela and the United States in 1971, obliged Washington to extradite the terrorist or try him for aggravated homicide in U.S. territory.
According to the specialist, Washington pursues Muslims for alleged acts of terrorism against their interests, while protecting the terrorists they themselves have recruited, trained, armed and directed.
Posada Carriles was a CIA operative and his own defense lawyer said that everything he did in Latin America, he did in the name of Washington,’ assured Pertierra.
In the file on the Barbados crime, there is a diagram of the terrorist organization that Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch formed to carry out this and other terrorist acts: the so-called Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU), the lawyer recalled.
He also assured that the documents contain Hernán Ricardo’s confession about the subordination of that organization to the CIA.
Posada Carriles murdered in cold blood. What most impressed me about the file was the report of the forensic doctor of Barbados that describes the condition in which the remains of a little girl from Guyana were found’, commented Pertierra.
The coroner’s description refers to Sabrina, who was traveling with her family to Cuba and was one of the 15 people whose remains could be recovered from the waters of Paradise Beach.
Terrorism is abominable. The fight should always be in the field of honor, against an enemy capable of defending himself. Not against defenseless civilians and little girls of nine years old’, the lawyer emphasized.
Orlando Bosch Avila died in Miami on April 27, 2011 and Luis Posada Carriles died in 2018, both lived free in the streets of Florida until their deaths.
(Taken from PL)