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DOJ appeals dismissal of charges against anti-Castro militant

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal Tuesday against the dismissal [PDF text; JURIST report] of immigration fraud charges against anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive; case materials]. US District Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled in May that the indictment against Carriles should be dismissed because the US government's tactics in its investigation of Carries were "so grossly shocking and so outrageous as to violate the universal sense of justice."

Carriles, a former CIA operative trained by the US for the failed anti-Castro Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, was arrested in 2005 [JURIST report] for illegally entering the United States and had been under the custody of immigration officials until his release on bail [JURIST report] in April. Cuba criticized Carriles' release [JURIST report], and accused the United States of violating international anti-terrorism treaties by freeing the militant and dismissing charges against him. Carriles is wanted in Cuba and Venezuela on terrorism charges relating to the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Also in April, Venezuela announced plans to challenge the US [JURIST report] before the Organization of American States [official website] and other international forums for refusing to prosecute or extradite Carriles for the terrorist bombing. The US government has thus far denied Cuban and Venezuelan requests [JURIST report] for Carriles' extradition, citing the UN Convention Against Torture as Carriles may face torture in Cuba or Venezuela. AFP has more.

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