Lawyer's family tragedy delays ex-CIA agent's case

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Posted: Feb 28, 2011 12:44 PM
Lawyer's family tragedy delays ex-CIA agent's case

The perjury trial of a former CIA operative has been suspended for a day because of a tragedy in a defense attorney's family.

It was the fourth interruption of the case of Luis Posada Carriles (loo-EES' poh-SAH'-duh cah-REE'-lehs) since it began Jan. 10.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone said the attorney, one of three representing Posada, would leave for at least a week, but that the case would resume Tuesday.

The trial's other three delays were due to snow in El Paso or defense mistrial motions.

The Cuba-born 83-year-old is Public Enemy No. 1 in his homeland.

He was a Washington-backed anti-communist militant but now is charged with perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud _ accused of lying under oath in El Paso after sneaking into the U.S. in 2005.