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Cuban Exile Seeks Asylum in US


Attorney Eduardo Soto
A Cuban exile linked to a plot to kill President Fidel Castro has applied for political asylum in the United States.

Luis Posada Carriles' attorney, Eduardo Soto, made the announcement Wednesday. Mr. Soto has said his client's life would be in danger if he were deported from the United States.

Posada Carriles was convicted and sentenced to eight years in jail in Panama for trying to kill Mr. Castro in 2000. He was later pardoned. Posada Carriles is also wanted by Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner, in which 73 people were killed.

The attorney says the 77-year-old Posada Carriles entered the United States through Mexico a month ago.

Mr. Castro has denounced the United States for allowing a "terrorist" to enter the country.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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