The instructions for the verdict issued by Judge Kathleen Cardone, of the El Paso Federal Court last Friday, granting Luis Posada Carriles freedom on bail, could only have come from the White House.
It was President Bush himself who ignored at all times the criminal and terrorist nature of the defendant who was protected with a simple accusation of immigration violation leveled at him. The reply is brutal. The government of the United States and its most representative institutions had already decided to release the monster.
A US immigration judge ruled in 2005 that Carriles should be deported, but not to Cuba or Venezuela [JURIST report] because of the threat that he could be tortured. The US, however, has not yet identified a country willing to take Carriles after his upcoming trial. On Monday, a lawyer for the government of Venezuela accused the US of preventing his extradition [JURIST report]. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.