PANAMA CITY — President Mireya Moscoso said Thursday that Panama is considering trying four Cuban exiles, rather than extraditing them immediately, on charges that they plotted to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Panama is holding the men, including the group's alleged leader, Luis Posada Carriles, in jail for 60 days pending completion of an extradition request from Cuba but has not yet filed charges against them in Panama.
"They entered our country to commit damage, and they have to be judged by our laws," Moscoso told reporters. "If there is a crime, we must put them on trial. It doesn't matter if they are the biggest of terrorists."
Castro, in Panama for a summit of Ibero-American leaders last weekend, had denounced an alleged plot to assassinate him while in Panama. Panamanian authorities then detained the men who were carrying false passports and later found 17.5 pounds of plastic explosives buried near the Panama City airport.