US judge refuses bail for former CIA anti-Castro operative

US judge refuses bail for former CIA anti-Castro operative

[JURIST] A US immigration judge has denied a request to set bail and free former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile], who is wanted in Venezuela [JURIST report] for his involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban plane. Posada is currently being held for illegally entering the US [JURIST report] and his attorney asked for his release during Posada's pursuit of asylum to the US. After rejecting the request Monday, the judge requested legal briefs to determine whether Posada's role in the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba [Wikipedia backgrounder] to overthrow Fidel Castro [Wikipedia profile] was a terrorist act, saying the outcome will help determine if asylum should be granted. Posada has admitted to being involved in the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs operation, but says he was not at the actual invasion. Reuters has more.