Luis Posada Carriles is back in hot water. He was set to be tried on immigration fraud charges in 2007, but the indictment was dismissed when the judge found fault with the prosecution’s work. Another court ordered a new trial, and Posada’s lawyers tried to block it – but last month the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the new trial should proceed.
Now the charges will be different. An indictment handed up yesterday charges Posada again with lying in connection with his citizenship application, but it also charges him with obstructing a
I’ll leave it to legal minds to figure out how, and in which country’s courts, Posada might be held to account for those actions.
But it was an odd situation for this man, whom the Bush Administration’s Justice Department called an “admitted mastermind of terrorist plots and attacks,” to have been charged only with immigration violations – by a government that was conducting a “global war on terror,” at that. Yesterday’s indictment is a step forward.
Background materials on the case (not updated to include the text of new indictment, unfortunately) are on the El Paso U.S. District Court’s website. Some of my earlier comments on the case are here and here. Coverage from AP here and from the Herald here.