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Anti-Castro Terror Suspect Set to Appear in US Court

A Cuban exile and long-time opponent of Fidel Castro wanted by both Cuba and Venezuela is scheduled to appear Monday in a U.S. federal courtroom in El Paso, Texas to face charges he entered the country illegally.

Luis Posada Carilles was arrested in Miami, Florida May 17 on immigration charges after he requested political asylum in the United States.

Posada Carilles is accused by Cuba and Venezuela of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. The Cuban-born citizen of Venezuela escaped a Venezuelan jail in 1985 while awaiting retrial for the bombing.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will be forced to review diplomatic ties with the United States if Washington refuses to extradite the 77-year-old Posada Carilles back to Venezuela.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.