Venezuela may take US to international court over Cuban exile

Venezuela may take US to international court over Cuban exile

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] said Sunday that he will sue the US in an international court if the US does not comply with a request to extradite Cuban exile and naturalized Venezuelan Luis Posada Carriles [BBC profile]. Posada, accused of blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976, was arrested in May 2005 [JURIST report] in Miami on charges that he entered the US illegally. The controversy over Posada's extradition has strained interactions between Venezuela and its biggest oil customer – the US – and Chavez has said that his relationship with Washington will undergo a "full and severe revision" if Posada is not extradited. Chavez's strong demand comes after Venezuela released additional information last Friday [JURIST report] supporting its extradition request. Reuters has more.