Posada’s Defense Attorney Accuses Castro of Attacks

HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 15 – The defense attorney of self-confessed terrorist Luis Posada Carriles accused former Cuban President Fidel Castro of organizing the attacks in several hotels on the island back in 1997, with the aim of diverting attention from Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998, the press in El Paso, Texas, reported.

According to Arturo Hernández, Posada’s attorney, declassified documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that the then Cuban president had the idea of blaming exiled anti-Castro organizations, noted IPS.

However, others involved in the hotel bombings have previously fingered Posada as the ringleader.  Posada had also boasted about the attacks and justified them saying that everything goes in the war against the Cuban government.

Posada is not being tried for his decades of terrorist activities including a commercial plane bombing that killed 73 persons.  The El Paso trial only concerns his illegal entry to the United States in 2005 and false information he allegedly provided to US immigration authorities after his initial detention.