Ex-CIA agent's trial off again due to sick juror

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 11:51 AM
Ex-CIA agent's trial off again due to sick juror

The slow-moving trial of a shadowy anti-communist militant has ground to a halt again due to a sick juror.

Tuesday's suspension for at least one day marked the second time illness on the jury has stopped the case against Luis Posada Carriles (loo-EES' poh-SAH'-dah kah-REE'-lays).

The 83-year-old faces perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud charges. Posada's trial, which began Jan. 10, is already in its 12th week.

Posada is an ex-CIA agent and Cuba native who is considered the nemesis of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro.

He sneaked into the U.S. in 2005 and prosecutors say he lied during citizenship hearings in El Paso about how he made it into the country, and failed to acknowledge his alleged role in 1997 Cuban bombings that killed an Italian tourist.