Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Charges Against Posada

It's being reported that a Texas grand jury has entered additional charges against Luis Posada Carriles, including one charge for obstructing an investigation on "international terrorism."

Total charges against Posada are now up to 11, from an original 7-count indictment.

According to the Miami Herald, the obstruction charge is based on Posada lying about his association with Raul Ernesto Cruz Leon, a man found guilty in Cuba for a bombing campaign that targeted Cuban hotels in 1997. Posada told authorities: "I have never seen nor met Raul Cruz, and I have not done any arrangement to send him to another place."

But, in a 1998 interview concerning the bombing campaign, Posada admitted that Raul Ernesto Cruz Leon was among several people that were working for him.

Also, during that period, several others were arrested in relation to the bombings, some who identified Posada as part of the conspiracy.

El Nuevo Herald columnist Alejandro Armengol writes in his blog that these new charges show "great willingness, on the part of federal prosecutors and the grand jury, to resolve this case."

And, the Cuba Journal blog is taking a poll asking readers what they think about these new charges.