US judge bars passport from ex-CIA operative's trial

February 5, 2011 02:04

EL PASO, Texas — An elderly ex-CIA operative on trial for immigration fraud scored a victory Friday when a federal judge refused to allow into evidence a Guatemalan passport bearing his picture but a false name.

The ruling could undermine some of the charges against Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-communist militant and public enemy No. 1 in his native Cuba. Prosecutors argued that the passport — and its stamps — indicate that Posada sneaked into the US by sailing into Miami and not by crossing the Texas-Mexico border with a smuggler, as he claimed during citizenship hearings in 2005 in El Paso.

Posada, who turns 83 this month, also is accused of failing to acknowledge during those hearings his involvement in a series of hotel bombings in Cuba that killed Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo in 1997. He is charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and immigration fraud.

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