Deportation hearing starts for former CIA operative

Deportation hearing starts for former CIA operative

[JURIST] An immigration judge held a hearing Monday to determine if former anti-Castro CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile] should be granted asylum to the US after illegally entering through Mexico [JURIST report] earlier this year. Venezuelan officials have requested the Cuban citizen's extradition to their country [JURIST report] so that he can face charges regarding his alleged involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban plane. Also at issue in Carriles' immigration hearing is whether his role in the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion [Wikipedia backgrounder] of Cuba to overthrow Fidel Castro [Wikipedia profile] was a terrorist act. Carriles denies involvement, despite CIA documents which indicate he was trained to participate. AP has more.