Jailed Cuban Offered Terms for Release

From Associated Press

Immigration officials Monday night offered to release anti-Castro militant Orlando Bosch from federal prison and place him under a restrictive house arrest, his attorney said.

Bosch, a convicted terrorist who has been imprisoned since 1988 when he illegally entered the United States, could be released as early as today if he agrees to the government's terms, said attorney Raoul Cantero.

For two years, the Justice Department has sought to deport Bosch, but 31 countries have said they will not take him.

Bosch's family maintains the 63-year-old former pediatrician is suffering from ulcers and that years in prison have taken their toll.

Bosch was jailed for 11 years in Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed all 73 people aboard, mostly Cuban athletes.

After being acquitted in three trials, Bosch returned to Miami in 1988 to be reunited with his family, and was immediately arrested for violating his parole.

The Bosch controversy has been a cause celebre for Miami's staunchly anti-Castro Cuban exile community, which has held rallies and demonstrations on his behalf attended by leading politicians.

The two-page list of conditions for Bosch's release include requirements that Bosch wear an electronic monitoring device, remain at home for 21 hours a day, keep a visitors' log and allow his telephone to be monitored.

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