http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/05/17/cuba-arrest050517.html said:U.S. authorities have arrested a Cuban exile who is wanted in the bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people in 1976.
Luis Posada Carriles, a 77-year-old anti-communist known for his plots to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro, was taken into custody by immigration officials near Miami on Tuesday.
The arrest came only hours after it was demanded by hundreds of thousands of people who marched past the U.S. mission in Havana. Castro had repeatedly accused Washington of hypocrisy because it balked at arresting Posada while spending billions to fight the war on terrorism.
Posada, a former CIA operative and Venezuelan security official, slipped into the United States in March in search of political asylum.
He surfaced only a few hours before his arrest to give media interviews.
Washington faced increasing pressure over the exile, who is wanted by Venezuela and Cuba.
Posada was jailed for nine years over the airliner bombing, but was never convicted and escaped from his cell in Venezuela more than 20 years ago.
His whereabouts had been unknown until March.
Venezuela requested the extradition of Posada, who denies any involvement in the bombing of the Cuban jetliner near Barbados.
In an interview with the Miami Herald on Tuesday, he didn't deny a role in a bombing of Cuban tourist sites in 1997 that killed an Italian tourist.
American authorities have 48 hours to decide what they'll do with Posada. They don't usually return people to countries acting on Cuba's behalf.
If they give him political shelter, the whole war against terror goes to crap. They have to send him to Venezuela where he will be judged.