New Book Reveals Secret Life of Cuban Terrorist Louis Posada
New York: March 11, 2010 (Caribbean New York Press) - A new book, “From Cubana to Santrina,” throws fresh light on the terrorist activities of Cuban dissident, Louis Posada Carilles, whose impending trial ( May 20) in an El Paso federal court in the United States is again attracting international media attention. Written by New York based Guyanese Journalist Dhanraj Bhagwandin, the book highlights the trail of Bambi (one of Posada’s aliases) from Cuba to Venezuela and then to El Salvador where he was involved in drugs, prostitution and a death squad. Posada coordinated numerous plots to kill Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro and also helped the Contras in Nicaragua. He has long been fingered as the mastermind of the bombing of a Cuban airline off the coast of Barbados in 1976 in which 73 persons perished including 11 Guyanese. The Cubana airline bombing was the first act of terrorism in the Caribbean and Latin American. Posada was on the run for nearly three decades until 2005 when he finally sneaked into the United States on board a vessel, the Santrina. Based on interviews with Ex-Federal United States Drug Enforcement Agent Celerino ‘Cele’ Castillo III, and new declassified documents, Bhagwandin, an investigative journalist, brings a new perspective to this tragic international event involving Cuba, the United States and Venezuela. Bhagwandin, a former journalist from Guyana who has covered several countries including Cuba, is also author of “Georgetown Spies” a tale of espionage involving American and Russian secret service agents. Bhagwandin reported for the now defunct Brooklyn Skyline newspaper and taught at York College and the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. The book reveals the genesis of the Cubana plot and the inner motivations of its author, Bambi. It also links his involvement with the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). “Dhanraj Bhagwandin is the first writer of the Caribbean and North America to fictionalize the Cubana air disaster with such courage, craft, feelings and splendor,” according to Caribbean novelist Dr. Churaumanie Bissundyal.