C O N F I D E N T I A L KINGSTON 000820
DEPT FOR WHA/CAR (RBUDDEN)
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/24/2017
TAGS: ECON PGOV PHUM PREL SOCI OAS XM XL JM
SUBJECT: JAMAICA: GOJ OFFICIALS RAISE QUESTIONS/CONCERNS
ON LUIS POSADA CARILES
REF: A. STATE 57474
Â¶B. STATE 69182
Â¶C. E-MAIL COMMUNICATION FROM D. MCCARTHY ON
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires James T Heg for Reason 1.5 (b) and (d)
Â¶1. (C) Deputy Director of WHA/CAR Karen Williams, DCM, and
poloff visited Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
(MFAFT) Permanent Secretary Ambassador Douglas Saunders on
May 22. Williams raised the issue of the Government of
Venezuela's attempts to enlist OAS support in calling for the
extradition of Luis Posada Cariles to Venezuela. Saunders
was unsure where the resolution was in the process or, if it
were to be formally introduced, what the Government of
Jamaica's (GOJ) stance would be.
Â¶2. (C) Saunders did raise concerns regarding the Cariles case
noting "it does seem from the outside that the (U.S.
approach) doesn't seem to match the gravity of the event."
Williams explained the current status of the legal case
against Cariles and assured Saunders that Cariles is under 24
hour monitoring. She further assured Saunders that Cariles
has not/not been "set free" but still faces charges.
Williams also noted that part of the ruling from the U.S.
immigration judge stated in no uncertain terms that Cariles
cannot be deported to either Cuba or Venezuela because U.S.
law prohibits deportation of any individual to a nation where
they may be subjected to torture.
Â¶3. (C) Saunders stated that the U.S. "seems to be in denial
that (Cariles) was involved (in a bombing)." Saunders
inquired about the nature of the extradition treaty between
Venezuela and the U.S. Williams reported that Venezuela's
request for extradition was "imperfect" and that Venezuela
had not refilled.
Â¶4. (C) Saunders pointedly remarked that this case is an
excellent example of why an institution like the
International Criminal Court would be useful. He then asked
whether the U.S. would release Cariles to Guyana. Williams
confirmed the U.S. would if Guyana would prosecute him and
not turn him over to Venezuela or Cuba. She also noted that
there is no current court case filed against Cariles in