Caracas, May 6 (Prensa Latina) The demand for the extradition of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles now has almost unanimous support in Venezuela, where victims of criminal actions carried out by the renowned terrorist of Cuban origin are still living.
Posada Carriles was the organizer of the blowing up of a Cuban airliner in 1976, in which 73 people from different nationalities lost their lives, and his work as head of operations in the Venezuelan Political Police (DISIP) left a heartbreaking memory in the lives of many Venezuelan citizens.
One of them, Jesus Marrero, in an interview with Prensa Latina, said that the extradition is not only a wish, but also a need for the Venezuelan people.
Marrero told how he was arrested in 1973 in the city of Valencia, and transferred to DISIP installations in Los Chaguaramos, Caracas, where he was confined for two months in the “tigritos”, notorious cells that were located in the basement.
He and other prisoners there were tortured under Posada Carriles’ direction almost every night.
“The head of operations was Posada Carriles. He interrogated us. It is hard to forget his face, not only because he was big and strong, but also because of his green eyes, which are not common among us,” he stated.
“Almost every night, they tortured us with electric cables, they put us into metal tanks, they beat us, they tied us to a metal bed without a mattress, and beat our ears with sticks, almost bursting our eardrums,” he reported. “Posada Carriles directed the interrogations and ordered the torture, and he was directly implicated in the murder of Pancho Alegria, a worker in the Venezuelan Revolutionary Party.”
That is why he considers the refusal of the US government to admit the terrorist is inside US national territory to be hypocritical.
“We know he (Posada Carriles) went to Mexico, and went to the US from there. We have information that he is in US territory, in Florida, and he is asking for political asylum,” he said.
Marrero, one of the members of the recently created Committee for Extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, highlighted the overwhelming response by the Venezuelan population to a call for signatures to petition the US government to deliver Posada Carriles to Venezuelan justice.
The Committee wants to defend sovereignty and fight against impunity, for human rights, and against terrorism, and Marrero said that facts are of such a great magnitude,and Venezuelan indignation so high, that they expect to easily surpass the requisite 500,000 signatures for the extradition request, already approved by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.
He said that the extradition request movement receives support from human rights organizations and others, and the initiative is becoming international, due to support received from committees in Latin America, Canada, the US, and Asia.