EL PASO, Texas —
Cuba and Venezuela would like to try Posada for the 1997 hotel bombings or the downing of the 1976 airliner, but a U.S. immigration judge has previously ruled that he can't be sent to either country, for fear he could be tortured. He has escaped deportation elsewhere since no other nation is willing to take him.
Jose Pertierra, the Washington-based lawyer representing Venezuela in its case against Posada, sat through every day of his trial. He said he hopes the U.S. now heeds Venezuela's call to send Posada to that country to face 76 counts of murder.
"The theater was worth more than the evidence in this case," Pertierra said.