Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Accused spies must stay in prison. May have had an "escape plan," prosecutor says

Kendall Myers' hopes of sailing to Cuba one day with his wife, Gwendolyn, may have been an "escape plan," federal prosecutor Michael Harvey said Wednesday.
Federal judge John M. Facciola ordered the couple held without bond, the Washington Post reported.
Thomas Green, a lawyer for the accused spies, asked for house arrest and suggested disabling the suspects' 37-foot yacht. But Harvey, an assistant attorney, said Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife, 71, were planning to sail to the Caribbean this fall.
Kendall Myer wrote in his calendar that they planned to leave in November, but "no return date is noted," the Post quoted Harvey as saying.
USA Today said "investigators searching their home also found sailing charts for Cuban waters, a travel guide to Cuba and a book titled, 'On Becoming Cuban.'"
The paper quoted Harvey as saying:
The Myerses, if they are able to get back to Cuba, are a real and present danger to the United States.
And U.S. authorities wouldn't be able to extradite them Cuba because it doesn't have diplomatic relations with the United States, Harvey said. The prosecutor said:
The Myerses would be greeted as heroes there. They would not be coming back.
Green acknowledged "the strength of the case," the Post said, but said the details were "somewhat embellished."
Myers and his wife, wearing baggy blue prison uniforms, made no comments, the Post said. Their next hearing is set for June 17 before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton.

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