MH: Judge rules Posada can question government witness about Cuban contacts
- MIAMI HERALD
Posted on Mon, Jan. 31, 2011
Judge rules Posada can question government witness about Cuban contacts
By ALFONSO CHARDY
Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles won a skirmish in federal court Monday when the federal judge presiding over his perjury trial ruled that his defense attorney can question a key government witness more deeply about his alleged ties to Cuban intelligence. The prosecution had objected to the defense's persistent line of questioning about witness Gilberto Abascal's trips to Cuba and contacts with at least one presumed Cuban intelligence officer on the grounds that defense attorney Arturo V. Hernandez wanted to unfairly portray Abascal as a Cuban agent. But U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled that Hernandez was entitled to question Abascal further on his contacts with Cuban officials and his trips to Cuba because the issue was relevant to the case. Hernandez is seeking to undermine Abascal's credibility before the jury and also that his testimony that Posada lied about how he arrived in the United States in 2005 is not credible because he may be a Cuban government agent. The prosecution argued to Cardone tat Hernandez's portrayals of Abascal were fantasy, and that Abascal's trips to Cuba could be easily explained by pointing out to the jury that his mother was ill on the island at the time. The prosecution also said that Abascal's testimony has been accurate. The arguments before Cardone took place when the trial resumed after the weekend break, but before the jury was allowed back into the courtroom.
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