IT MUST NOT PASS!
The Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC) vigorously denounces the grotesque acquittal of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles on charges of perjury and immigration fraud in El Paso, Texas.
Posada Carriles was acquitted of lying about his terrorist past. This verdict not only flies in the face of overwhelming evidence, but also aims to legitimize the more than 50-years of U.S. aggression against Cuba.
Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 Washington has waged an unceasing assault, both military and economic, against the Cuban people, organizing an invasion, assassinations, terrorist attacks against civilians and systematic economic sabotage.
Posada Carriles has been an integral part of this war against Cuba.
Declassified CIA and FBI documents minutely detail the guilt of Posada Carriles, along with others given safe haven in the U.S. These documents also clearly establish Washington's complicity and guiding hand in these crimes.
Posada Carriles organized dozens of terrorist acts. It is a terrorist history that extends over five decades.
They include the 1976 bombing of a civilian Cuban airliner that claimed the lives of 73 people and the 1997 Havana hotel bombings, which claimed the life of Fabio Di Celmo, a young Montrealer of Italian origin. Posada Carriles is also implicated in several terrorist attacks in the cities of Montreal and Ottawa in the 1960's and 1970's. Moreover, as a central figure in the CIA's Operation Condor, he was an active participant in numerous crimes, terrorist acts and massive violations of human rights throughout Latin America.
The CNC vigorously condemns the travesty of justice that allows Luis Posada Carriles to walk free. The CNC calls on the Canadian government to take a principled stand and request the US government to fulfill its obligations under international law. Canada should not only defend its own victims of Posada Carriles' acts such as Fabio Di Celmo, but also see that the U.S. upholds Venezuela's extradition request so that he can be held to account in that country for the many crimes and terrorist acts he committed there.
When it comes to terrorism, the CNC does not accept double standards. One man's terrorist IS NOT another man's freedom fighter. Posada Carriles is a terrorist and he should be brought to justice.
The attitude of the United States is totally self-serving and immoral. How can well-established illegal acts be declared legal by a Texas Court? It is self-serving activity, which also causes damage to the safety and security of all, besides undermining the international rule of law and the rule of law within the United States itself.
The CNC clearly states that despite this unacceptable decision, it is convinced justice will prevail in the end. Humanity does not accept a state of affairs where well-established criminals and depraved individuals such as Posada Carriles can walk free, while those who defend their people from terrorist attacks such as the five Cuban heroes are held in U.S. prisons convicted on trumped up charges.
Condemn Posada Carriles!
Free the Cuban Five Political Prisoners Held in U.S. Jails!
Justice Will Prevail!
On behalf of the Canadian Network On Cuba
Co-chair & National Spokesperson