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Venezuela Demands the Extradition of Posada Carriles

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Received a Diplomatic Note from the U.S.

The national government and the Venezuelan people demand that the U.S. government fulfill its international commitments for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, the main terrorist of the hemisphere, said the Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Nicolás Maduro.

The statements were issued by the Venezuelan minister on Wednesday during the deportation to Cuba of Salvadoran terrorist Francisco Chávez Aabarca, from the Simón Bolívar International Airport.

Maduro said that the U.S government recently delivered a diplomatic note on this issue for the first time in five years, which is being evaluated by the Venezuelan government to subsequently issue a response.

“We are permanently requesting the extradition of this boss of the terrorists, the Bin Laden of this hemisphere, Posada Carriles (…) a little note with legalese excuses was sent (…) What the entire world does not understand is that the U.S government hasn’t made the decision to capture this individual,” said the minister.

The Venezuelan minister confirmed to the U.S. government that Venezuela will continue its fight against terrorism and suggested considering two options: whether to extradite Posada to Venezuela, where he faces a trial with enough proofs, or to judge him for terrorism according to the international laws.

“Posada Carriles is a confessed terrorist of crimes such as the bombing of an airplane in Barbados and the planting of bombs in Cuba, it is unexplivable who he is free in the streets of Florida,” he said.

Regarding the deportation of Fracisco Chávez Abarca, the minister said that the Venezuelan government will responsibly present the corresponding testimonies of his entrance to the country and the proofs certifying that he is part of Central American groups financed by the CIA since the 80’s and 90’s.

“These terrorists have worked on dirty operations, persecuting, torturing, and assassinating leaders of popular movements in Central America, as well as preparing terrorist attacks in Cuba. Now one has been captured in Venezuela when planning terrorist attacks in the country,” finished the minister.

Photo by: AVN

VTV, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / July 7 2010

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