Saturday, September 22, 2007


New Facts on Luis Posada Carriles Case Revealed
by El Dario La Prensa Daily in New York

A criminal investigation into the case of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles has extended to prominent business people in New Jersey, according to El Diario La Prensa newspaper. In an extensive article, the New York-based publication reveals that the FBI is investigating into financial operations by business people of Cuban-Americans in Union City and West New York who could have supported the activities of Posada Carriles.

Posada, along with Orlando Bosh, planned the 1976 bombing of a Cubana airliner in mid-flight which claimed 73 innocent lives off the coasts of Barbados. The FBI probe is linked to bombings carried out in 1997 against several hotels in Havana, one of which claimed the life of Italian tourist Fabio di Celmo and wounded many other Cubans. Posada cynically claimed responsibility for such terrorist actions during an interview with the New York Times in July 1998.

That same year the US newspaper, based on another interview with Cuban businessman Antonio Jorge (Tony) Alvarez, revealed possible links between the masterminds behind the bombings and four Cuban-Americans living in Union City who had sponsored such terrorist operations. Santiago Alvarez admits to have been aware of the plot to bomb Cuban hotels, since two of his Cuban friends (Jose Francisco Pepe Alvarez and Jose Burgos) had been told about them.

Both Burgos and Alvarez had been hired to manage two of Santiago Alvarez's power plant construction firms, the La Prensa article reads. Among others, the FBI is currently questioning Angel Alfonso Aleman and Oscar Rojas. Both men were directly linked to late Arnaldo Monzon Plasencia, a former executive of the Cuban American National Foundation who hid behind the mask of a prosperous New Jersey entrepreneur and who was considered the major sponsor of Posada Carriles. According to La Prensa daily, another man under investigation is Abel Hernandez, former owner of the Union City-based Mi Bandera restaurant and supermarket.

He was cited by Luis Posada Carriles in a fax message he sent from El Salvador under the pseudonym "Solo," back in 1997, giving instructions to Pepe Alvarez to collect an 800-dollar transfer deposited by the four New Jersey Cubans.

The money was the reward for the bomb attacks in Havana. "The money was sent via Western Union from New Jersey to pay the hotel bill," wrote Solo. "The investigation is a open secret," said a usual client of a famous coffee shop on Bergenline Avenue, New Jersey, who was cited by the La Prensa daily. "The Feds have been here for several months now and everybody knows they are here for the Posada Carriles case," he said.
Courtesy of AIN News Agency

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