The AP reports that an appeals court Thursday blocked anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles' release from jail just as he began the process to be freed on $250,000 bond.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the order after he had already been transferred from the Otero County, N.M., jail to the federal courthouse in El Paso to sign paperwork that would have freed him.
Posada, 79, was escorted back to New Mexico, wearing a red prison uniform and shackled at the at the waist and feet.
Carriles' lawyers will have at least until Tuesday to respond to the court order. Carriles, 79, a former CIA operative trained by the US for the failed anti-Castro Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, was arrested in 2005 for illegally entering the United States.
Posada Carriles was about to be released when the US Fifth Circuit of Appeals granted prosecutors an emergency stay to have more time "to explore the possibility to appeal the ruling," the Department of Justice federal police indicated.
The decision came on the heels of a massive and energetic protest island-wide in Cuba yesterday against the ruling by a judge in El Paso, Texas to release on bail international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. The Cuban News Agency ACN reported that in eastern Granma province people held protest rallies at work centers, schools and public places. In the central eastern province of Ciego de Avila, University students and professors also condemned the ruling. In western Pinar del Rio province, a massive rally took place in the areas of the Abel Santamar'a hospital.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro urged the US government to extradite the terrorist.
Maduro called for the government of President George W. Bush to fulfil the Extradition Treaty signed with Venezuela, thus allowing the Cuba-born terrorist to be tried for the killing of the 73 people on board a bombed Cuban plane.