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Luis Posada Carriles


Tim Chapman/The Miami Herald, via Associated Press Luis Posada Carriles, left, held a furtive news conference Tuesday in Florida, hours before he was taken into custody. Mr. Posada, a Cuban exile, denied being involved in a 1976 airline bombing that killed 73 people.


Video Trailer: "Posada Carriles: Terrorism Made in U.S.A.," by Angel Palacios

Recent News Articles

Conferencia entre fiscalia y abogados de Posada Carriles pospuesta nuevamente, Cubadebate (04/25/2010)

Posada Carriles y las Damas de Blanco, "amigos para siempre," Cubadebate (03/26/2010) or translated into English: Luis Posada Carriles and Ladies in White go out on a limb in Miami

Trial for Luis Posada continues to drag, Miami Herald (02/22/2010)

Luis Posada Carriles trial for perjury, fraud is set for March 1, El Paso Times (02/06/2010)

US judge allows terrorist to travel on private jet, ACN Cuba News Agency (1/19/2010)

Feds try to block evidence release in Posada case, Miami Herald (6/12/2009)

Venezuela demands Posada from US, Escambray (6/9/2009)

Lawyer: Venezuela to press US on extradition, Miami Herald (4/15/2009)

Alleged terrorist Luis Posada Carriles may skip El Paso hearing, El Paso Times (4/10/2009)

U.S. indicts Cuban exile Luis Posada, links him to bombings, Miami Herald (4/9/2009)

Posada Carriles will be tried again, Granma Internacional (4/8/2009)

Chavez demands Obama terrorist extradition, Prensa Latina (2/27/09)

Panamanian Court acquits officials involved in terrorists release, Cuban News Agency (2/20/09)

Fabio di Selmo's brother asks U.S. Attorney General to arrest Posada, Gramma Internactional (2/9/09)

Case of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles costs US taxpayers millions, Cuban News Agency (1/29/09)

New delaying maneuver in case against Luis Posada Carriles, Cuban News Agency (1/27/09)

Posada extradition from US dilated, Presna Latina (1/27/09)

Venezuela will push U.S. to hand over man tied to plane bombing, New York Times (1/24/09)

Militant ordered to stand trial, New York Times (8/15/08)

(Archived News)

Timeline of Events in the Posada Carriles Case

January 17, 2007

  • Posada is transfered to a prison in New Mexico

Dec. 18, 2006

  • Venezuela solicits extradition of Posada as proof of 'good will.'

Dec. 7, 2006

  • Chavez asks for extradition of Posada as a part of a new round of negotiations with Bush resulting from the re-election of Chavez.

Sept. 20, 2006

  • Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez referrences Posada in his address to the UN.

Oct. 2005

  • At the XIVth Ibero-American Summit in Salamanca, Spain, the final demand to extradite or judge Carriles is declared.

Sept. 28, 2005

  • US announces that Posada will not be deported to Venezuela due to the possibility of torture. (The Venezuelan government reacts by point out the "double standard in [the United States'] so-called War on Terror." (BBC))

Aug - Sept. 2005
Immigration trials held in Texas with the US Dept. of Homeland Security

August 29, 2005

  • Posada's immigration case has a hearing before a Homeland Security judge in Texas on charges of entering the country illegally, but judges rule he cannot be deported due to the 'threat of torture' in Venezuela. U.S. denies Venezuela's extradition request.

July 20, 2005

  • Lawyers for Posada ask the immigration judge to throw out the government's evidence against Posada, claiming it's based on hearsay and media reports. Attorney Eduardo Soto also argues that Posada is suffering from a relapse of skin cancer and has a worsening heart condition.

June 21, 2005

  • A Texas judge refuses to transfer Posada to Florida.
  • Posada's immigration hearing before a Homeland Security judge in Texas is set for August 29th.

June 16, 2005

  • Venezuela submits a formal request to the United States for the extradition of Posada.

June 13, 2005

  • At his immigration hearing, Posada renews his request for political asylum in the US.
  • Posada's lawyer Eduardo Soto asks the judge to transfer Posada to Miami, where he can be closer to his family and lawyers.

May 19, 2005

  • Posada is charged with illegal entry into the United States and held without bail. His immigration hearing is set for June 13th.

May 17, 2005

  • Castro leads thousands of Cubans in a 'march against terrorism' to call for the arrest and extradition of Posada.
  • Posada skips an interview with Homeland Security regarding his asylum case and instead meets with Miami Herald journalists.
  • Posada withdraws his application for political asylum and his lawyer claims he might leave the US and return to his life in hiding.
  • Posada is arrested in Miami and taken away in a helicopter. Homeland Security now has 48 hours to charge Posada and to determine his status.

May 11, 2005

  • Posada holds a secretive two hour meeting with Miami Herald journalists

May 5, 2005

  • CIP releases a press statement regarding Luis Posada Carriles.

May 3, 2005

  • Venezuela issues a statement saying their Supreme Court approved plans to formally ask for Posada's extradition.
  • Roger Noriega, the top State Department Official for Western Hemispheric Affairs, expresses doubt that Posada is even in the US

Mid-April, 2005

  • Posada's Lawyer, Eduardo Soto, announces plans to petition for asylum. Cuba and Venezuela call for extradition.

March 22, 2005

  • US announces that Posada will continue to be detained on grounds of presenting a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Mid-March 2005
Posada enters United States. (He claims he crossed the Mexican border via a migrant smuggler and took a bus to Miami. However Castro claims Posada's longtime friend, Santiago Alvarez, picked him up at the Isla de Mujeres, Mexico with his shrimp boat and smuggled him back to the US)



Luis Posada Carriles in 2003
(AP file)

Anti-terror march in Havana (AP/Jorge Rey)

Thousands join in Cuba protest
(Getty Images/ Ismael Francisco Gonzales)




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