Cuban youth put Posada and the U.S. government on trial
May 15, 2007
ON the first day of the Youth Accuses Posada and the U.S. Government political trial in the Anti-imperialist Court evidence aplenty and indignation were apparent, the AIN reports.
Expert witnesses, investigators and relatives of the victims of the many acts of terrorism masterminded and even executed by Posada Carriles with the consent and backing of the U.S. authorities were called to testify before the prosecution in this public hearing in the José Antonio Echeverría Center in the Cuban capital.
Visibly moved, the courtroom heard Rosalba Alvarez García charge Comisario Basilio (as Posada was known when he worked for the DISIP, Venezuelan intelligence) with the murder of her father and other Venezuelan revolutionaries.
The first to speak was Dáger Aguilar, a Cuban law student who has made an in-depth study of the criminal and egocentric personality of this international terrorist and stated that his recent release in the United States without any charges pending represents a danger to Cubans and other peoples.
Manuel Hevía Frasquieri, director of the State Security Historical Investigations Center, and Andrés Záldivar Diéguez, chief researcher at this institution, focused their speeches on the lengthy history of White House subversive activities against Cuba, in many of which Posada has played a leading role.
Major Misael Fonte, an expert witness from the Central Criminalistic Laboratory, and First Lieutenant Yohán López, a senior instructor at the Ministry of the Interior Criminal Investigations Department, testified on Posada’s participation in the sabotage of the Cuban airliner off the coast of Barbados.
Posada gets mock trial in Havana
Students in Cuba tried in absentia Luis Posada Carriles -- an archenemy of Fidel Castro -- accusing the anti-communist crusader of terrorism.
by Will Weissert
HAVANA -- Cuban university students symbolically tried Luis Posada Carriles in absentia Monday, accusing the anti-communist warrior of teaming with Washington to commit decades of terrorist attacks, many of which happened when they were just children.
A four-judge panel of University of Havana law students was scheduled to hear 32 witnesses over two days before issuing a sentence -- also symbolic -- against the 79-year-old former CIA operative. Posada, who was born in Cuba, has dedicated most of his life to toppling Fidel Castro's communist-run government.
The verdict was not in doubt. The trial was organized by the Communist Party's youth wing and other pro-government groups. There was no sign of anybody named to offer a defense.
No new evidence was expected, though Cuba hopes the trial will keep public pressure on the United States to act against Posada. He was released last week from house arrest after a federal judge in Texas dropped immigration charges against him, and he then went to South Florida.
Hundreds of college and high school students, many looking bored and squirming in their seats, filled a social club ringed by dilapidated tennis courts in the Cuban capital's Vedado district.
Witnesses included Cuban government investigators and students who studied the case here and in Venezuela.
The list of accusations included charges that Posada organized a Cuban jetliner bombing in 1976 as well as series of bombings at Havana hotels in the 1990s. He also was accused of directing Iran-contra arms operations run by Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North and overseeing a plot to assassinate Castro during a summit in Panama in 2000.
The U.S. government was named as a co-defendant, accused of providing financial and logistical support for decades of attacks, including the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961.
''I consider him a danger to humanity,'' said Dager Aguilar, a law student who testified against Posada based on evidence provided by the Cuban state.
Testimonios acusadores, en juicio
15 de mayo de 2007
Testimonios acusadores que sobrecogen e indignan, se sucedieron ayer en la primera jornada del juicio político en el tribunal antimperialista La juventud acusa a Luis Posada Carriles y al gobierno de Estados Unidos, reporta la Agencia de Información Nacional (AIN).
Peritos, investigadores y familiares de víctimas de las muchas acciones concebidas, organizadas e, incluso, ejecutadas por Posada Carriles con el consentimiento y respaldo de las autoridades norteamericanas, fueron llamados a declarar por el ministerio fiscal en esta vista oral y pública, que acontece en el Centro Juvenil José Antonio Echeverría, de la capital.
Conmovida, la sala escuchó a la joven Rosalba Álvarez García culpar del asesinato de su padre, Ramón Antonio Álvarez, y de otros revolucionarios venezolanos, al Comisario Basilio, como era conocido Posada cuando trabajaba para la Dirección de los Servicios de Inteligencia y Prevención (DISIP).
El primero en declarar fue Dáger Aguilar, alumno cubano de Derecho, que ha estudiado a fondo la personalidad criminal y egocéntrica de este delincuente internacional, y consideró un peligro para el pueblo de Cuba y otros, su reciente puesta en libertad en EE.UU., sin cargo alguno.
Los doctores Manuel Hevia Frasquieri, director del Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de la Seguridad del Estado, y Andrés Záldivar Diéguez, investigador titular de esa institución, centraron sus intervenciones en el largo historial de actividades subversivas de la Casa Blanca contra Cuba, en muchas de las cuales Posada ha tenido un rol protagónico.
También expusieron el mayor Misael Fonte, perito del Laboratorio Central de Criminalística, y el primer teniente Yohán López, instructor de la Dirección de Investigaciones Criminales del Ministerio del Interior, quienes expusieron sobre la participación de Posada en el crimen de Barbados.
Mientras tanto, un despacho de Prensa Latina indicó que el gobierno de Nicaragua trabaja en la formalización de una solicitud de extradición del terrorista internacional Luis Posada Carriles ante las autoridades de Estados Unidos, según dio a conocer el canciller, Samuel Santos.