|Asesino y terrorista confeso Luis Posada Carriles|
CLEMENT PAYNE CULTURAL CENTRE
BARBADOS MUST DEMAND EXTRADITION
OF POSADA CARILLES *
The time has come for the Government of Barbados to demand that Luis Posada
Carilles- the author and prime mover of the 1976 Cubana terrorist tragedy-be
extradited from the United States of America to Venezuela, so that the 73 count
murder trial against him can be resumed!
No man should be permitted to commit murder or any other serious crime, and
escape being tried in a properly constituted court of law! And this is why, on
the several occasions that Barbadian citizens who are resident in Barbados have
been charged by the US authorities with having committed crimes that impinge
upon the United States of America, the US authorities have requested the
Barbados Government to extradite these Barbadians so that they can stand trial
in the US, and our Government has cooperated and has facilitated the process of
So why should Luis Posada Carilles - who is not even a citizen of the USA -be
treated any differently?
We would like to remind the current Governmental Administration of Barbados that
in the immediate aftermath of the October 6th, 1976 tragedy in which a Cubana
aircraft was bombed in our airspace and plunged into the sea just off Paradise
Beach, St. James, a criminal investigation involving law enforcement personnel
from Barbados, Trinidad, Venezuela and Cuba determined that one of the two
master-minds of the terrorist act that took the lives of 73 human beings, was
Luis Posada Carilles- a Cuban born extremist who was then resident in Venezuela.
It must be stressed that the Barbados Government was deeply involved in the
criminal investigation into the Cubana multiple homicide from the very outset!
Indeed, it was the immediate intervention of then Prime Minister Tom Adams and
the relevant Barbadian airport officials that alerted the Trinidadian
authorities to the presence in Trinidad of the two Venezuelan criminals who had
planted the bombs in the aircraft - Freddy Lugo and Hernan Lozano Ricardo - and
the need to act swiftly to secure their arrests.
Secondly, one of Barbados’ top Police investigators - former Commissioner of
Police Orville Durant - was sent to Trinidad to interrogate the said Freddy Lugo
and Hernan Lozano Ricardo, and it was as a result of the joint Barbados and
Trinidad Police interrogation that the links to the two Venezuela based
masterminds - Luis Posada Carilles and Orlando Bosch - were unearthed.
But most importantly, it was as a result of a meeting in Trinidad of Police and
other government officials from Barbados, Cuba, Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago,
that a collective, sovereign decision was made by these four governments to
select Venezuela as the venue for the trial of the four accused - Freddy Lugo,
Hernan Lozano Ricardo, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carilles.
And so, the trial in Venezuela was not merely a Venezuelan affair or a Cuban
affair! It was very much a Barbadian affair as well! After all, the crime that
had been committed was very much centred on Barbados, and the Barbados
Governmental and Police authorities had been involved in all the key
investigations and in the fundamental decision relating to the staging of the
So when, in the midst of the trial, Luis Posada Carilles - who had been remanded
in custody - walked out of his Venezuelan prison and was spirited out of
Venezuela, a monumental insult and injury had been inflicted not only on the
governments and people of Venezuela and Cuba, but on the government and people
of Barbados as we well!
*As a result of his escape from Venezuela, the trial of Luis Posada Carilles was
never completed, and the Venezuelan court declared him to be "a fugitive from
*Since the year 2005, Mr Luis Posada Carilles has been living permanently in the
United States of America! This has led the Government of Venezuela to issue an
official request to the American government for his extradition to Venezuela so
that the trial against him can be resumed. But, to date, the US authorities have
refused to accede to that request.
And so, today, Carilles continues to walk about as a free man in the city of
Miami, while the souls of the 73 blameless victims of the Cubana tragedy and
their living relatives continue to cry out for justice.
Freddy Lugo and Hernan Lozano Ricardo - the two low level functionaries -were
both convicted in the Venezuela trial and were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
So, why should Posada Carilles, the high level master-mind, the boss of Lugo and
Ricardo, be permitted to escape justice with impunity?
The *Peoples Empowerment Party *(PEP) maintains that it should not be left to
Venezuela and Cuba alone to demand of the US Government that they extradite
Posada Carilles! *Our very self respect as a sovereign, independent nation
demands that we too must insist that Posada Carilles be extradited!* * *The PEP
therefore hereby calls upon the Freundel Stuart Administration to officially
inform the Attorney-General of the USA (the Barbadian descended Eric Holder),
the US Secretary of State, Mrs Hilary Clinton, and the President of the USA, Mr
Barack Obama, that Barbados fully supports and endorses the Venezuelan request
for the extradition of Luis Posada Carilles. Nothing less than this will
DAVID A. COMISSIONG
Trinidad & Tobago