Venezuela Issues Extradition Request for Terrorist in U.S.

The following is excerpted from an article in

Caracas, Venezuela, April 13, 2005

Venezuela formally asked U.S. authorities to extradite an escaped prisoner who was responsible for the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976, in which 73 persons were killed. The former prisoner, Luis Posada Carriles, is a Cuban exile who had escaped a Venezuelan prison in 1985. For a while he lived in Panama, where he was also captured for planning an assassination of Cuba’s President Fidel Castro in 2000. He was then pardoned in Panama, though, and entered the U.S. about a month ago.

Venezuela’s Vice-President, José Vicente Rangel, said, "We going to step up our demands for extradition." "I hope Mr. Bush will take note of his own anti-terrorism policies and hand over Posada Carriles," added Rangel....

Rangel pointed out that it is no wonder that Posada Carriles is requesting asylum in the U.S., "because during all of the acts that he participated in he did so while he was an employee of the CIA."

Carriles Posada, who is 77 years old and dual Venezuelan-Cuban citizenship, is a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 and has also been connected to a string of bombings in Cuban tourist locations in 1997. He escaped from a Venezuelan prison in 1985, disguised as a priest, while prosecutors appealed his acquittal.