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Bosch Rejects Offer for House Arrest Program

July 10, 1990

MIAMI (AP) _ Militant Cuban exile Orlando Bosch rejected the restrictive conditions the government had placed on an offer to end his 14 years in prison, and federal officials said Tuesday the terms were non-negotiable.

The government had proposed a restrictive house-arrest program that would allow officials to monitor Bosch’s telephone conversations and require him to log the name and address of visitors.

″He’s willing to agree to all of the conditions except that one,″ said Bosch’s daughter, Myriam Bosch. ″It’s a matter of dignity. He’s not going to be an informant. The FBI can do their own work.″

Ms. Bosch said her father notified his attorneys of his decision, and they contacted immigration officials.

Bosch has become a cause celebre for Miami’s staunchly anti-Castro Cuban exile community, which has held rallies and demonstrations on his behalf attended by leading politicians.

Bosch spent 11 years in a Venezuelan prison for allegedly masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed all 73 people aboard. In 1968, he was convicted in a rocket attack on a Polish freighter in Miami and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Justice Department spokesman Dan Eramian acknowledged that a lawyer for Bosch had a ″number of questions″ about the terms of the proposed parole.

″I see very little room to wiggle,″ Eramian said. ″If he has questions, we will be happy to explain the conditions to him.″

Another source with the Justice Department said the government will not negotiate the offer.

″Bosch won’t accept the conditions, and he won’t be released unless he does,″ the source told The Associated Press.

George Yoss, an attorney for Bosch, said he expected discussions with federal officials in Washington to continue Wednesday.

Bosch’s family criticized the two-page list of conditions for the release of the 63-year-old former pediatrician, who suffers from declining health after years in Venezuelan and U.S. jails.

The conditions would require Bosch to wear an electronic monitoring device, remain at home for 21 hours a day and allow his telephone to be monitored.

Bosch also would be subject to unannounced searches and lie detector tests, and if instructed, must present himself for deportation within 72 hours.

Bosch has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center south of Miami since 1988, when he was arrested for parole violations and for re-entering the country illegally.

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