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US paid key witness about $80,000 in Posada case

US paid key witness about $80,000 in Posada case

A prosecution witness has admitted receiving nearly $80,000 from the U.S. government for agreeing to testify against an elderly ex-CIA operative.
Government informant Gilberto Abascal also said Friday that federal authorities helped him obtain U.S. citizenship.
Cuba-born Abascal has spent five days testifying that he was on a boat that carried anti-communist militant Luis Posada Carriles from Mexico to Miami in March 2005.
Posada then sought U.S. citizenship and underwent immigration hearings in El Paso _ during which he said he paid a people smuggler to drive him across the Texas border.
Posada faces 11 counts of perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud for lying about how he made it to the U.S., and for denying his role in 1997 hotel bombings in Havana.
Posada is considered Fidel Castro's nemesis.


Updated : 2021-01-28 11:21 GMT+08:00