MIAMI (AP) _ A chanting crowd of 200 Cuban-Americans gathered outside the federal courthouse Tuesday demanding freedom for convicted terrorist Orlando Bosch, but a federal judge declined to issue an immediate ruling in the case.

After a 1 1/2 -hour hearing, U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler gave no indication on when he would decide whether Bosch can be released on bond pending Immigration and Naturalization Service efforts to expel him.

To bolster their argument that Bosch schould not be released, government officials presented the judge with more than 700 pages of classified documents to review.

Bosch, brought in leg irons and manacles to a courtroom packed with his supporters, had come to the United States in February after spending 11 years in Venezuelan prisons on a charge of blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing all 73 aboard. He was eventually cleared of that accusation.

He had fled the United States in 1974 while serving out probation for a 1968 bazooka attack on a Polish ship that had traded with Cuba.

The INS calls him a dangerous terrorist and has ordered him expelled.

Outside the courthouse, Cuban-Americans carrying signs saying ''Deportation is a death sentence'' and ''Bosch is a hero'' chanted in Spanish, demanding freedom for the 61-year-old former pediatrician.

A Miami police SWAT team looked down on the crowd from the courthouse roof, and about 50 officers stood around the crowd to prevent incidents.

''He's not a terrorist,'' said Bosch's daughter Myriam Bosch. ''The Polish ship incident, he was trained to do by the CIA. Anybody who calls him a terrorist doesn't know anything about the man.''

The demonstration shows that the Cuban and Latin communities are behind Bosch, said his son William.

''We're only here to ask freedom for my father,'' he said.

The Boschs said their father was recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and was extremely ill.

Ms. Bosch accused the United States of expelling Bosch for the same reasons Venezuela had kept him in prison for 11 years - to better its relations with Cuba.

Despite protestations by his family and supporters, the INS has accused Bosch of close associations with militant anti-Castro terrorist groups.

Bosch was a leader in two violent organizations that advocated the assassination of government officials, the INS said in its report ordering his expulsion.

One of the groups, the Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations, ''has been responsible for more than 50 bombings in Miami, New York, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Argentina,'' said the INS.

The INS has indicated that if expelled, Bosch would not be returned to Cuba, but has not said where he would be sent.