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President Chavez asks Obama to Free Cuban Five

He also expects Posada Carriles´ Extradition

The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frias, asked his U.S.counterpart, Barack Obama, to free the five Cuban heroes unjustly imprisoned in the United States.

He also expects the extradition of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

During his Sunday program, Alo Presidente, from Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Chávez saluted Saturday’s march for the freedom of the Cuban Five in the streets of the Venezuelan capital.

In the early hours of September 12, 1998, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and René Gonzalez were arrested in Miami.

The Cuban Five, as they are known in the global campaign for their liberation, have spent more than a decade in confinement because they were working to find information to thwart terrorist attacks against Cuba planned by radical extremist groups in the United States.

Likewise, President Chavez emphasized that terrorist Luis Posada Carriles should be extradited to Venezuela, according to the extradition treaty between governments in Caracas and Washington.

There is pending indictment in Venezuela accusing Posada Carriles of 73 counts of first degree homicide. He is currently considered a fugitive from justice.

Posada Carriles, by his own confession, is the author of the terrorist attack which downed a Cuban airplane in 1976, in which 73 people were killed.


Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / September 14, 2009

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