Remembering victims of Cubana airline crash
Release the three Cuban anti-terrorist fighters who remain unjustly held in United States prisons for seeking information about the actions of the terrorists who were responsible for bringing down a Cubana flight 38 years ago.
Cuban Ambassador to Barbados, Lissette Perez Perez, made this plea to the US government today while speaking at a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the bombing of Cubana flight CU455 over Barbados’s airspace on October 6, 1976.
Speaking near the monument in Paynes Bay, St James, which marks the area where 73 passengers and crew members perished, Perez said: “Orlando Bosh and Luis Posada Carriles, the masterminds of the bombs planted on the Cuban civilian airliner in 1976, were never convicted for this criminal act. Bosch passed away peacefully in the city of Miami, where he lived in complete freedom. He was granted presidential pardon which was negotiated by the Cuban far right wing. A similar treatment has been given to the other perpetrator of this abominable crime. Carriles was neither charged nor prosecuted in the United States.”
She added: “The greatest paradox is that while Carriles walk freely through the streets of Miami, three Cuban anti-terrorists fighters remain unjustly held in US prisons for seeking information about the actions of the Cuban-born terrorists.”
Expressing disgust at the savagery of the bomb attack on the commercial flight, Perez told her audience, which included Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Charles Burnett; Cultural Ambassador Anthony Gabby Carter; and Pan Africanists David Comissiong and Trevor Prescod that, to this day, 58 bodies remain buried in the sea off Paradise Beach.
In his presentation, Comissiong called on US President Barrack Obama to use his executive powers to pardon the imprisoned anti-terrorist fighters.
Gabby paid tribute in song to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.