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Cuban President Criticizes US for Releasing Wanted Criminal on Bail


Cuban President Fidel Castro has criticized a U.S. judge's decision to release on bail a Cuban-born former U.S. intelligence operative.

In an article in Cuba's state-run newspaper Granma, Mr. Castro accused the White House of influencing the decision to free Luis Posada Carriles ahead of his May trial.

Mr. Castro said President Bush has double-standards in his efforts to fight terrorism by harboring a wanted criminal.

Carriles faces immigration fraud charges in the U.S. state of Texas, but is also wanted by Venezuela for allegedly bombing a Cuban airliner. Seventy-three people were killed in the attack in 1976.

The article was the third in Granma attributed to Mr. Castro in two weeks. The Cuban leader has not been seen in public since July, when he underwent intestinal surgery.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.