On Cuban Television: Evidence against Luis Posada Carriles

Cuban television will soon air parts of proceedings against Francisco Chávez Abarca, who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and confirmed that it was Luis Posada Carriles who recruited him in El Salvador to carry out a string of bombings in Cuba in 1997, in which Italian tourist Fabio di Celmo died.

The special program will show the trial that took place in the Popular Provincial Court of Havana on December 21, 2010, which imposed the penalty of 30 years of imprisonment for the Salvadoran. “I am guilty of these acts that I committed… Posada Carriles, an international terrorist, approached me in the most unexpected way: in my workplace. I work in Talleres Moldtrok. I was responsible for sales. [. . .] and my boss introduced him to me,” says Chávez Abarca. He admitted to having recruited a number of Central American citizens for the 1997 bombings, where the young Italian tourist died. Among them, he mentions his fellow countrymen Ernesto Cruz León and Otto Rodríguez Llerena, both sentenced to death as executors of the terrorist attacks, but benefiting from the Supreme Court of Cuba, which changed the death penalty to 30 years in prison.

Chávez Abarca was arrested on July 1, 2010 at the Caracas Airport when he was trying to enter the country using a false identity in order to carry out violent acts. On July 7, 2010, he was transferred to Cuba and subjected to investigative process as one of the main links in the terrorist network planned in Central America by the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and Luis Posada Carriles.

For full article (in English), see http://www.cuba.cu/noticia.php?actualidad&id=7066

Also see http://machetera.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/francisco-chavez-abarca-a-very-big-fish/

Photos: Chávez Abarca (above) and Posada Carriles (below).

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