Judge denied bond for Carriles, seeks Bay of Pigs info
Judge denies bond for Cuban, seeks Bay of Pigs info
Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:36 PM ET
EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. immigration judge
denied bail on Monday for an asylum-seeking former CIA
operative from Cuba and asked for legal briefs on
whether his role in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion was
a terrorist act.
Lawyers for Luis Posada Carriles called the request
"surprising" because they said if Posada is found to
have engaged in terrorism, it would imply the CIA did
The CIA backed the ill-fated attempt by 1,300 Cuban
exiles, armed with U.S. weapons, to topple Cuban
leader Fidel Castro after landing at the bay on Cuba's
Posada, 77, has admitted working against Castro and
earlier told reporters he was involved in the Bay of
Pigs operation, but his lawyers said he was not in the
Posada is wanted in Venezuela, where he was a security
official and naturalized citizen, for masterminding
the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73
But he has denied involvement and is seeking asylum in
the United States. The Venezuelan government has asked
the United States for his extradition.
Posada, was arrested in May in Miami and moved to El
Paso for detention after he illegally entered the
United States on the Texas-Mexico border.
His attorney, Matthew Archambeault, asked U.S.
Immigration Judge William Abbott to set bail so Posada
might be freed while his asylum case is pending, but
Abbott refused, citing the pending accusations against
He set an Aug. 29 hearing to consider his request for
asylum, which the judge said may be influenced by
whether Posada was involved in terrorism.
Posada will "work with the government in good faith"
to answer the terrorism question, said Archambeault.
"Mr. Posada doesn't want the U.S. government to jump
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Castro have
accused the U.S. government of protecting Posada
because of his CIA past.