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The Herald-Tribune, October 12, 1968, "Nine Cuban Exiles Jailed As Terror Plotters" by The Associated Press

MIAMI - Nine Cuban exiles were jailed here Friday on federal charges of plotting terro attacks on ships and planes of Spain, Mexico and Great Britain as part of a nationwide anti-Castro vendetta by the group calling itself Cuban Power.

The man indicted as the leader, Dr. Orlando Bosch, seemed triumphant after his arrest by FBI agents. While being taken to jail under $50,000 bond, Bosch raised his handcuffed arms and made "V's" with fingers of each hand as he shouted: "Victory for Cuban liberation."

Bosch and two of the nine were chraged in the Sept. 16 cannonading of a Polish freighter in Miami. The attack became an international incident.

The indictment also identified Bosch as the mysterious "Ernesto," the voice of Cuban Power who announced attacks sometimes before the occurred.

Bosch was charged separately with cabling threats to Harold Wilson, prime minister of Great Britain, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of Mexico, and Gen. Francisco Franco, head of state in Spain.

All nine of those arrested Friday by FBI agents were charged with conspiracy to violate the neutrality of the United States by making war against another nation from U.S. soil.

In announcing the arrests, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said, "Cuban Power is a militant anti-Castro organization which has publicly claimed responsibility for various acts of violence against property of those nations which have continued to carry on trading with Cuba."

Some of the targets included consulates, offices of government airlines and companies which shipped mercy packages to families in Cuba.

The indictment, returned secretly in Miami Thursday by a federal grand jury, said all nine of those indicted had conspired with the Cuban Power group. Among the attacks claimed by Cuban Power were bombings of a cargo plane at Miami Airport, a British freighter at sea near Key West, and a Japanese freighter at Tampa, Fla.

A tenth man identified in the indictment, but neither charged nor listed as a coconspirator, was Ricardo Morales Navarrete. Morales had been arrested earlier by Miami police in connection with one of the 39 bombings that struck the city's Cuban colony.

Morales' testimony to the grand jury was reportedly the key to breaking the facade of the secret group.


Copyright (c) 1968 The Associated Press

[More from The Miami News, Oct. 11, 1968]

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