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Jan 6, DC Press-only Briefing on Posada Carriles Trial

EVENT THIS THURSDAY: Press-only Briefing on Posada Carriles Trial

Brother of bombing victim, experts to speak and answer questions

Washington, DC – The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) will host a press-only briefing regarding the trial next week of Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles. Posada Carriles is being prosecuted for the first time by the U.S. government after a lengthy career of international terrorism.

The briefing will take place on January 6th, 2011, at the National Press Club in the Lisagor Room and start at 10:00 am.

The participants will include:
  • Livio Di Celmo, brother of Fabio Di Celmo, a victim of terrorism, who was killed in one of a series of hotel bombings in Havana in 1997, orchestrated by Posada Carriles.
  • Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive, an expert on the Posada Carriles case and the history of terrorism in the region;
  • Julia Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, who will discuss the case in the context of U.S.-Cuba relations; and,
  • Sarah Stephens, Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), moderator.
The trial, where Posada Carriles will face charges of lying about his role in the bombings, and committing immigration fraud in connection with his illegal entry into the U.S. in March 2005, begins in El Paso on January 10; it marks the first time the U.S. government will present formal evidence of Posada’s involvement in terrorism directed at Cuban targets.

The purpose of the briefing is to raise interest and awareness about this complicated case, to provide factual background on the recent history of these legal proceedings, their possible impact on U.S.-Cuba relations, and how the trial could affect U.S. credibility in the campaign against terrorism.

Those attending will receive background reports, investigative records and declassified documents that will be useful in covering the trial. Since the judge has ruled that Posada Carriles can introduce evidence of his past connection to the CIA as part of his defense, Peter Kornbluh will provide information on the history of that controversial relationship.

Fabio Di Celmo, an Italian citizen and Canadian resident, was 32 years old when he was killed in Cuba by terrorist bomb planted in the lobby of the Copacabana Hotel on September 4, 1997.

The discussion will be available for reporters dialing in on a listen only basis. CDA will provide access to the speakers for interviews by reporters calling in after the event.

Dial-in information inserted here:

Conference ID: 4061867
Participants, US/CAN Toll free: 888-221-3881
Participants, Int’l Toll: 913-312-0641

Kendra Seymour
(202) 234-5506

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