Immigration lawyer testifies for ex-CIA agent

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Posted: Apr 01, 2011 8:53 AM
Immigration lawyer testifies for ex-CIA agent

An immigration lawyer specializing in U.S. asylum cases is set to testify for a former CIA agent on trial for perjury and immigration fraud.

Attorney Carlos Spector takes the stand Friday on behalf of 83-year-old Luis Posada Carriles (loo-EES' poh-SAH'-dah kah-REE'-lays).

Posada is an anti-communist militant and native of Cuba who was long supported by Washington. But he sneaked into the U.S. in 2005 and is charged with lying about his violent past during citizenship hearings in El Paso, Texas.

Spector is expected to testify that U.S. officials knew Posada would not qualify for U.S. citizenship due to his history, but conducted the hearings to build a criminal case against him.

The defense has claimed Posada was entrapped during the El Paso hearings.