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6 Nations Refuse to Accept Cuban Militant to be Deported from US


A U.S. immigration official says several nations have refused to accept a 78-year-old Cuban militant awaiting deportation from the United States.

The official, Donald George, testified at a U.S. hearing on Monday for Luis Posada Carriles who was detained on immigration charges more than a year ago.

Lawyers for Posada Carriles say the nations that have refused to take him are Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The militant has asked to be released from custody to live with relatives in Florida while U.S. officials process the deportation order.

But U.S. officials say he is a threat and should remain in jail.

Venezuela's government has accused Posada Carriles in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.

U.S. officials have refused to send him to Venezuela or to Cuba, saying he could be tortured or killed.

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