News from Around the Americas | January 2006
|Chileans Demand Posada Deportation|
Santiago, Chile - Chilean lawyers and important figures demanded last week that the US deport terrorist of Cuban origin Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela.
With the flags of Chile and Cuba as backdrop, president of the Christian Left Party (IC) Manuel Jacques read a statement signed by attorneys, political leaders and representatives of human rights organizations.
The document looks in detail at Posada Carriles' criminal record that holds him responsible for the blowing up of a Cuban civil plane in Barbados, killing all 73 people on board, and the assassination of former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier in Washington in 1976, among other terrorist actions.
Posada Carriles is held in the US, where he sought refuge last year in the wake of a pardon granted by ex Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, after several years in prison for a failed attempt to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro.
"Posada Carriles constitute the most significant, recognized expression of international terrorism on our continent," the signatories said, insisting he should be deported to Venezuela, from where he escaped in 1985 when on trial for the crime in Barbados.
They expressed the hope that the decision to be adopted by US President George W, Bush will be consistent with his country´s policy against terrorism; as he himself said "any one harboring a terrorist or encouraging terrorism will be held responsible."
Fabiola Letelier, a sister of the late Chilean Foreign Minister and also one of the signatories, described Posada Carriles as one of the most notorious criminals who have operated in the region, and she warned that the US would be failing to act according to its beliefs if it continues protecting him.