Salvadoran government attempts to rescue Posada Carriles
SAN SALVADOR.- Efforts are underway in El Salvador to extradite
terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, one of the masterminds of the 1976
explosion of a commercial aircraft that killed 73 passengers and
fugitive from Venezuelan justice. The purpose of this maneuver is to
avoid his extradition from Panama to any other country.
According to analysts and opponents of the government, it’s not
strange that El Salvador, where the terrorist has operated since the
1980s, would be the country to throw him a lifeline. He’ll simply
serve a short sentence for falsifying documents and then walk free.
As Salvadoran President Francisco Flores and Panamanian President
Mireya Moscoso met in El Salvador, leaks to the government-run
press revealed that the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) had
requested Posada’s extradition.
The formal petition was presented by the 3rd Investigative Court and
approved by the CSJ to begin the legal process through the Foreign
Ministry, which until now has kept the matter secret.
Posada Carriles, who also goes by other names corresponding to
baptism and birth certificates, identification cards and even renewed
passports, was captured in Panama in 2000, after a plot to
assassinate President Fidel Castro was exposed.
Tried and imprisoned in Venezuela for the massacre committed
against athletes and other passengers aboard a Cubana passenger
aircraft, Posada Carriles escaped from prison with the help of U.S.
secret service agents and the anti-Cuba mafia in Miami.
Last November, Cuba’s request for extradition of the terrorist and his
collaborators, all flagrant terrorists, was denied.
The Salvadoran press reported on Thursday, March 7, that Posada
Carriles, born in Cuba and a nationalized Venezuelan citizen, was
detained with a shipment of explosives meant to be used for
assassinating the Cuban president and his delegation, who were
attending the 10th Ibero-American Summit in Panama. The explosion
would also have caused the deaths of thousands of students
participating in the event at the University of Panama, attended by
the leader of the Cuban Revolution.
In revealing declarations during a press conference, the Salvadoran
president admitted to having spoken to Moscoso on Wednesday,
March 6, about the Posada Carriles case, and his country’s interest in
trying him for forgery of legal identification.
One day after the extradition request was made public, Flores stated,
"Ms. Mireya has informed me that the judge, upon e prosecution’s
request, has declared there is no case in the charges against the
The president’s declarations led legislator Nidia Díaz to presume
the motive behind Flores’ request for the extradition of Posada –
who is accused of a long list of crimes – is to prevent him from falling
into the hands of other countries interested in trying him for murder.
The Salvadoran president commented that according to Moscoso,
Panamanian authorities are convinced that the notion that Posada
Carriles "was planning an assassination" is false, and that he will be
tried for other crimes like entering the country with false documents.
(With information from Notimex)