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OAS head asks US to extradite Posada Carriles to Venezuela
www.chinaview.cn 2005-08-30 09:59:32

    CARACAS, Aug. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza said on Monday the United States should extradite alleged terrorist organizer Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela to face charges.

    During an interview with the Venezuelan television station VTV,Insulza said it is necessary that the United States abide by obligations to the fight against terrorism.

    Venezuela had demanded the United States extradite Posada, a Cuba-born Venezuelan accused of participating in the bomb attack against a Cuban airliner in 1976 which led to the death of 73 people.

    "If there is evidence against him in Venezuela, extradition ought to take place. Posada should be extradited to Venezuela to face justice," said Insulza, who completed on Monday a two-day visit to Venezuela

    The extradition petition issued by Venezuela must prevail, said Insulza, even though Posada, currently living in the United States, is 76 and ailing.

    "In the world context of the combat against terrorism, terrorists have to face justice. It would not be explicable that this process could not go on," he said.

    Posada, a former agent of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), escaped from a Venezuelan jail in 1985.He was detained on May 17, 2005, in Miami, by agents of the Immigration and Customs Administration.

    The Venezuelan government has repeatedly asked for the extradition of Posada and has accused the United States of attempting to tone down his crimes by only having him tried for illegally entering the country. Enditem

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