By IAN JAMES, Associated Press Writer
Sun Apr 22,
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Venezuela will lodge a protest with the United Nations after the U.S. released a Cuban militant on bond, accusing Washington of letting a terrorist go free.
Chavez also said Posada has been plotting to assassinate him for years, and accused President Bush of complicity in failing to bring Posada to justice.
"President Bush, you are a protector of terrorists. As such, you are a terrorist," Chavez said during his weekly TV and radio program "Hello, President."
"The Venezuelan government will take this case to the United Nations, because it cannot be," Chavez said. "We've been asking for his extradition for more than two years. We sent them all the evidence."
He escaped from a Venezuelan prison in 1985 and was detained in
Posada was indicted on charges of lying to
Chavez said Posada "has for many years been planning the assassination not only of Fidel Castro but also my assassination, and he has a powerful network that has been supported by the CIA for many years," Chavez said.
He said Posada's release is linked to larger "plans against
The Bush administration has repeatedly denied Chavez's accusations but calls the leftist president a threat to democracy and a negative force in
The Nonaligned Movement, which comprises 118 mainly developing countries including
Chavez also said Sunday that he will enact a law to regulate prices at private hospitals and warned that his government would seize any hospital caught flouting the new controls.
Chavez said he will approve the law by presidential decree, using special powers granted to him by the National Assembly nearly three months ago, as he aims to steer the South American country toward socialism.
"We're going to have strict regulation. Any clinic that doesn't comply, let it be closed down," Chavez said.