Friday, December 17, 2010

Posada Carriles' lawyers fear Cuban gov't mobs

Lawyers for Luis Posada Carriles on Thursday asked U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone to deny prosecutors' request to travel to Cuba to take depositions from witnesses who would likely implicate their client in the 1990s bombing campaign in Havana.
Lawyers for Posada Carriles had U.S. permission to travel to Cuba - their OFAC licenses are here - but they never went. Now they want to prevent prosecutors from making a second trip to the island. In a document filed Thursday, they write:
Due to the high profile nature of this case in Cuba, there is a high probability that defense counsel would be subjected to harassment by mobs fostered by the Government of Cuba or other forms of threats, intimidation and blackmail. For instance, one of the means that the Government of Cuba exerts coercion over guests visiting the island is through the covert taping of private conversations. The Government of Cuba routinely tape records the hotel rooms of individuals of interest and uses the tapes to blackmail, threaten and coerce those individuals. Through the debriefings of former Cuban intelligence officers, the United States has learned that the Government of Cuba has wired all the major hotels for this purpose and that tapes are delivered directly to high Cuban Government officials.
I disagree there is a "high probability" that government mobs would harass the lawyers. Cuban authorities would most certainly spy on Posada Carriles' lawyers if they visited Cuba, but I think they would otherwise be treated with respect.
If Posada Carriles' lawyers really wanted to travel to Cuba, they could have. They didn't for whatever reason and now they object to prosecutors going to Cuba. That's unconvincing. They should have just gone rather than complain.
Posada Carriles' lawyers also say, "the Government of Cuba has sentenced Mr. Posada to death."
Is that true? I don't recall seeing that anywhere.

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