Posted on Monday, 03.28.11
Defector claims torture in ex-CIA operative’s case
By WILL WEISSERT
EL PASO, Texas — A former Cuban intelligence officer is testifying in
the perjury trial of an ex-CIA agent.
Roberto Hernandez Del Llano worked for Cuban counter-intelligence before
defecting in 2007. He told jurors he was tortured in 2005 by a man who
is now a key prosecution witness in the trial of Luis Posada Carriles
(loo-EES’ poh-SAH’-dah kah-REE’-lays).
He returns to the stand Tuesday as attorneys for the 83-year-old Posada
try to discredit the prosecutors’ case.
Posada is accused of lying to U.S. immigration officials and failing to
disclose his alleged involvement in bombings in 1997 in his native Cuba.
Del Llano says that after leaving state security, he was arrested and
tortured in Havana by Roberto Hernandez Caballero, an investigator for
Cuba’s Interior Ministry.
Hernandez Caballero testified earlier about the bombings.