Venezuela says it will not turn over a Cuban exile wanted in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner to Cuba if the United States decides to extradite him.

Luis Posada Carriles
Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel made the comment Wednesday, one day after U.S. authorities detained Luis Posada Carriles in Miami.

Venezuela has demanded that the 77-year old Cuban exile be extradited to face charges in the airliner bombing, which left 73 people dead. Posada Carriles escaped a Venezuelan jail in 1985 while facing a retrial for the bombing.

The former CIA operative illegally entered the United States in March and is seeking political asylum. He denies any connection with the airliner bombing.

U.S. authorities said Tuesday they have 48 hours to determine Posada Carriles' immigration status.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.