Havana. Januery 17, 2007
Statement from the Committee of Families of Victims of the Cuban Airliner Sabotage
The USA must try Posada as a terrorist
WITH stupor and indignation, we have learned that the United States Justice Department has indicted notorious terrorist Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles on seven charges, solely for having lied to immigration authorities when he applied for citizenship.
To our surprise, the charges make no reference to the fact that he is an actively dangerous international terrorist who, from the prison where he is being held is still bragging about the pain and mourning that he caused in the hearts of countless families throughout the world.
If we were to indifferently accept that Justice Department decision, we would become accomplices to the lies, we would accept the fact that important truths are not being told, and that would be an insult to the memory of the thousands of citizens who have lost their lives as the victims of terrorist actions.
To accept that the notorious international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles will only be tried as an inoffensive liar is to accept the outlandish idea that our families were never massacred in the mid-flight sabotage of a Cubana Aviation airliner. It is as if tourists visiting New York were told to go admire the beauty of the Twin Towers, as if those majestic buildings had never been destroyed on the fatal day of September 11, 2001.
We call on the United States government to honor the truth; we demand that the United States government makes public the documents it has in its possession, and that it reveals the terrorist character of Luis Posada Carriles.
We call on the United States government to either bring Luis Posada Carriles to trial as a terrorist, or to accept the extradition application submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on June 15, 2005.
We do not want the notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to be tried solely for the lies he has told; we demand that the man who murdered our relatives with impunity be brought to justice, and that he be brought to trial for the truths that he has admitted to the United States media itself.