Federal court dismisses indictment against anti-Castro militant

Federal court dismisses indictment against anti-Castro militant

[JURIST] A federal judge dismissed the indictment [order, PDF] against anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive; case materials] on Tuesday, holding that the government purposefully manipulated Carriles' statement in order to charge him with lying to immigration authorities. The government alleged that Carriles confessed to illegally crossing the Mexican border, but US District Judge Kathleen Cardone [official profile] held that the interpretation of the April interview with Carriles "is so inaccurate as to render it unreliable as evidence of defendant's actual statement."

In April, Carriles was released from a New Mexico jail [JURIST report] after posting bond amidst ongoing debate concerning his release. On Tuesday, Cuban President Fidel Castro blamed the US release of Carilles [JURIST report] for sparking the attempted plane hijacking [Reuters report] by two soldiers that resulted in the death of an army officer in Cuba. Carriles is wanted in both Cuba and Venezuela on terrorism charges. AP has more.