New York—The National Lawyers Guild announces the publication of “Luis Posada Carriles: A Tribunal,” available in both print and electronic formats. The booklet contains the proceedings of a forum held at New York University Law School featuring several authorities on Cuba: Jane Franklin, renowned historian; Wayne Smith, professor at Johns Hopkins University and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C.; and Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. New York attorney and author Michael Steven Smith moderated the event.
Publication of the booklet coincides with the Justice Department’s rescheduling of Luis Posada Carriles’ federal trial on perjury charges from August 2009 to February 2010.
It also coincides with the Supreme Court’s June 15 refusal to grant certiorari in the case of the so-called Cuban Five, imprisoned in this country after attempting to prevent acts of terrorism against their nation. The Court refused to hear the case of the Five even though their trial was the only judicial proceeding in U.S. history condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The Commission found that the trial violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Disparate treatment of the Cuban Five and Posada Carriles reveals great hypocrisy in how the U.S. government decides whom to prosecute for terrorism. Posada Carriles has admitted involvement in several terrorist acts including the 1976 bombing of Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455, which killed 73 civilians. Declassified FBI and CIA douments confirm his guilt. After escaping prison in Venezuela where he was convicted for the airline bombing, and despite pressure to deport him to Venezuela, he lives freely in Miami, facing only immigration and perjury charges in a separate criminal case related to a 1992 campaign to bomb Cuba.
The National Lawyers Guild published “Luis Posada Carriles: A Tribunal” to educate the public about the crimes of Posada Carriles and about this nation’s selective terrorism prosecutions.
To order a copy, call 212-679-5100, ext. 15 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To download an electronic version, go to www.nlg.org.