MIAMI (AP) _ Two federal parole examiners recommended today that anti-Castro militant Orlando Bosch be released from prison May 16 after completing a three-month sentence for violating his parole.
Bosch, convicted in the United States of conspiring to bomb foreign freighters and firing a recoilless rifle in 1968 at a Polish freighter docked in Miami, served four years of his 10-year federal prison sentence.
He has acknowledged violating parole when he fled to South America in 1974. He served 11 years in Venezuelan jails until his final acquittal on charges of bombing a Cuban jetliner in which 73 died in 1976.
The recommended sentence, which includes time 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.
But after serving his three-month sentence, the 61-year-old Bosch will likely be taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, said Bosch’s attorney, George Yoss. The INS has targeted Bosch for exclusion hearings and 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.
Bosch hugged his family after learning the examiners’ recommendation, said his daughter, Myriam Bosch. ″We’re very satisfied with the recommendation, ″ she said. ″We think it’s very fair.″
Yoss said Bosch probably would not appeal the recommended sentence for his 1974 parole violation. ″It’s something Dr. Bosch, the family and we can all live with,″ Yoss said.
Several prominent Cuban-Americans, including Jorge Mas Canosa, head of the Cuban American National Foundation, testified today before the parole examiners in a hearing closed to the public because it is an administrative procedure, federal officials said.
Mas Canosa said Bosch should be released because he has learned his lesson and would now work peacefully for the overthrow of Cuban President Fidel Castro.