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Judge denied bond for Carriles, seeks Bay of Pigs info

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2005-07-26T003626Z_01_N25703926_RTRIDST_0_USREPORT-SECURITY-CUBAN-DC.XML Judge denies
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 25, 2005

      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
      southern coast.

      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
      actual invasion.

      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
      through hoops."

      Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Castro have
      accused the U.S. government of protecting Posada
      because of his CIA past.
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