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Panamanian Officials to Face Trial for Releasing Anti-Cuba Terrorist
Accused of abusing their authority and functions, Panamanian officials behind the release of self-confessed anti-Cuba terrorist Luis Posada Carriles may end up receiving at least minimum sentences and could also be prohibited from occupying public offices

Former Minister of Government and Justice Arnulfo Staggers; the former director of the National Police, Carlos Barés; and the former deputy director of Migration, Javier Tapia, will go before Judge Marlene Morais of the penal court on January 14.

The three former officials in the Moscoso administration are accused of abusing their authority and functions, for which they can receive at least minimum sentences; however, if convicted they will not be able to occupy public positions, explained lawyer Javier Viques to the Prensa Latina news agency.

The lawyer, who represented student movements and workers during previous phases of the trial against Posada Carriles, pointed out that on this occasion those being tried were brought up on charges by the Public Ministry Office.

Posada Carriles, Gaspar Jiménez, Pedro Remón and Guillermo Novo were pardoned while serving time in Panamanian prison for their role in organizing an assassination attempt against Cuban President Fidel Castro. The thwarted plot was to have taken place at a public event during the 10th Ibero-American Summit in November of 2000 in Panama City.


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