Parole Examiners Recommend Release of Anti-Castro Militant, Lawyer Says
MIAMI (AP) _ Federal parole officials recommended Tuesday that an anti-Castro militant convicted of conspiring to bomb foreign freighters should be released after serving a three-month prison sentence for violating parole, his lawyer said.
The suggested sentence, which includes time Orlando Bosch has spent in jail since returning to the United States, must be approved by the U.S. Parole Commission. The panel is expected to decide within three weeks.
Parole examiners made the recommendation recommended after a closed hearing Tuesday, Bosch’s attorney, George Yoss said.
Bosch, 61, convicted of conspiring to bomb foreign freighters and of firing a recoilless rifle in 1968 at a Polish freighter docked in Miami, served four years of a 10-year federal prison sentence.
He has acknowledged violating his parole when he traveled to South America in 1974. He served 11 years in Venezuelan jails until his acquittal on charges of bombing a Cuban jetliner in which 73 died in 1976.
But after serving his three-month sentence by May 16, Bosch probably will be taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, said Yoss. The INS has targeted Bosch for possible deportation.
Bosch entered the United States illegally last month after his release from a Venezuelan prison. Since mid-February, he has been detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in South Dade.
Several prominent Cuban-Americans, including Jorge Mas Canosa, head of the Cuban American National Foundation, testified before the parole examiners in a hearing closed to the public because it was an administrative procedure.
Mas Canosa said after the hearing that Bosch should be released because he had learned his lesson and now would work peacefully for the overthrow of Cuban President Fidel Castro.
″It is a crime to keep this man behind bars,″ Mas Canosa said.
Dr. Alberto Hernandez, Bosch’s physician, said he testified that Bosch suffered from stomach, heart and prostate problems. Bosch’s illnesses would be aggravated by a prison sentence, he said.
Ted Kline, who prosecuted Bosch in 1974, said he testified that Bosch could be released safely.
Tom Kowalski, the parole commission’s Atlanta regional administrator, said the decision would be forwarded to Regional Commissioner George McKenzie Rast, who will make a recommendation to the full, four-member parole commission in Washington.