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Accused Cuban Plane Bomber Posada Appears at US Extradition Hearing


A Cuban exile and former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative wanted by Venezuela has made an appeal to stay in the United States.

Luis Posada Carriles admitted at an extradition hearing in El Paso,Texas,Tuesday that he had used various false names on passports for travel in the past.

The court has yet to decided his fate.

On Monday, a U.S. immigration judge ruled that the 77-year-old Posada Carriles would be extradited to Venezuela if he loses his bid for asylum.

Critics of the decision say Posada Carriles, who was trained by the CIA in the 1960s, could face torture in Venezuela and be sent to his native Cuba.

Posada Carriles has been accused of plotting the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner in which 73 people were killed. He denies involvement. He has been wanted in Venezuela since escaping from prison there in 1985 as he was awaiting retrial in the case.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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