Three Indicted in Killing of Cuban Diplomat
NEW YORK (AP) _ Three jailed Cuban exiles have been charged with planning a four-year wave of anti-Castro bombings, then machine-gunning a Cuban diplomat to death as he drove down a New York City street in 1980.
Andres Garcia, Eduardo Losada-Fernandez and Pedro Remon, all alleged to be members of the terrorist group Omega 7, face mandatory life terms in prison if convicted of murdering the diplomat, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The indictment against them names Eduardo Arocena, the leader of Omega 7, as an unindicted co-conspirator. Arocena is serving a life term for ordering the murder of the diplomat, Felix Garcia-Rodriguez, a United Nations attache.
Remon, 45, of Miami; Losada-Fernandez, 48, of Newark, N.J.; and Garcia, 45, of Elizabeth, N.J., also are charged with conspiring to kill other Cuban diplomats including U.N. Ambassador Raul Roa-Kouri and to commit bombings from 1976 to 1980.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Tabak said the three men have been jailed since 1982 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Omega 7. He said they would be arraigned on the new charges within a week.
The Cuban diplomat was shot to death from a passing car Sept. 11, 1980. An anonymous caller to a New York radio station - Remon, according to the indictment - took responsibility in the name of Omega 7.
The bombings attributed to the group included attacks at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Soviet Mission to the United Nations and the New York office of the Soviet airline Aeroflot. No one was killed, but the blasts injured several people, Tabak said.
Remon was charged separately with transporting a bomb from New Jersey to Montreal, where it exploded near the Cuban Consulate in 1980.