Witness describes close call for fugitive

Jan. 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

EL PASO, Texas, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Accused anti-Castro terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was smuggled into Miami from Mexico past a high-ranking police officer, a witness said.

Gilberto Abascal, a crewman on the boat he says transported Posada in 2005, testified Tuesday at the trial of the former CIA asset, El Nuevo Herald reported.

Posada is on trial on 11 charges, most involving perjury at immigration proceedings. If convicted he could be deported to Cuba, where he is accused of bombing hotels. He is being tried in Texas because that is where he says he entered the country.

Abascal, a key prosecution witness, testified after U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone let prosecutors to ask him questions, previously forbidden, about an alleged conspiracy to smuggle Posada into the United States.

Abascal said a converted shrimper picked up Posada in Mexico and docked on the Miami River. He said Posada boarded a smaller boat and headed for a restaurant, where the unnamed official happened to be dining.

Questioned by the defense, Abascal admitted lying under oath in his application for U.S. citizenship and other documents. He is to resume testimony Wednesday.

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