Luis Posada Carriles, a man the Cuban government calls a CIA-trained killer and anti-Castro militants call a hero, went on trial Monday, January 10, 2011, on 11 charges that could send him to prison for up to eight years. According to the Miami Herald, the word “terrorism” was not uttered until well into the jury selection process, when U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone noted that the one count of obstruction he faces involves a case of “international terrorism.” Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:
Instead, Posada is being tried on charges of lying under oath—about his role in a string of Havana bombings in 1997, about exactly how he entered the United States and about a fake Guatemalan passport that he once had.
The 82-year-old Posada and his defense lawyers walked largely unnoticed past two groups of demonstrators for the start of his trial at the newly built U.S. federal courthouse in El Paso. One group of about 60 protesters demanded Posada be extradited to Venezuela or Cuba to be tried for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner in which 73 people were killed and the 1997 Havana bombings that killed an Italian tourist. Another group, Posada supporters reported to have arrived from the Los Angeles area, waved U.S. flags and chanted anti-Castro slogans.
The 130 potential jurors were jam-packed into the building’s biggest courtroom for the initial screening, and a video was fed to another courtroom where a handful of journalists and onlookers watched.
Cardone made it clear she was in a hurry [but] was continuing the jury selection process well past 8:30 p.m. Miami time. But it was also clear the jury selection process [. . .] would take longer than in an average trial.
For full article, see http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/11/2009956/posada-trial-opens-with-little.html
Photo from earlier article, http://www.baiganchoka.com/blog/posada-carriles%E2%80%99-trial-to-include-evidences-of-terrorism-against-cuba/