April 9, 2011
A Texas jury on Friday acquitted an 83-year-old anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative, considered an archfoe by Havana, of charges he lied to U.S. authorities about his role in bomb attacks against tourist areas in Cuba in 1997.
Attorneys said the federal jury deliberated for three hours after a 13-week trial in El Paso and acquitted Luis Posada Carriles of 11 counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and immigration fraud.
Posada, who had been active in anti-communist operations across Latin America for decades, is described as a “terrorist” by Cuba’s communist leadership.
In Havana, the government website Cuba debate scathingly reported the acquittal, calling it “Justice made in USA.”