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U.S. Fails to Prosecute Alleged Cuban Spy

Friday, 31 May 2002 12:00 AM

Aboy and his family said he has never spied against the United States.

INS spokeswoman Patricia Mancha said there were no plans to prosecute Aboy. Arrested Thursday, he remains incarcerated at the agency's Krome Avenue Processing Center.

"There are no current plans to prosecute. The immigration office has enough evidence to go for removal to Cuba," she said.

She and other officials, however, would not provide any details on what evidence they had.

"It's a significant case," said James Goldman, head of investigations in the Miami district of the INS. "His primary mission was to penetrate SouthCom and to collect intelligence."

Officials would not say whether Aboy, 41, was successful in infiltrating SouthCom, short for the U.S. military's Miami-based Southern Command.

He said it would be easier to deport Aboy than to put him on trial because deportation requires less evidence. An immigration court will make the final determination.

"It's one less spy that will be operating in the United States, one less individual that we'll have to worry about," Goldman said.

He said Aboy had been under investigation by the INS and the FBI for more than a year. He said Aboy was part of the Wasp network that was dismantled in 1998. A dozen members of the network were convicted and sent to prison last year.

Authorities said Aboy was a member of the Cuban navy before he came to the United States on a raft in 1996. He received permanent-resident status and worked five years in Miami as a commercial diver before his employer folded last fall. He has been a truck driver ever since.

He was divorced and married Alina Alvarez a year ago. She said he was innocent.

"That's false. All he did was work and more work. He was a truck driver," she said.

Aboy's lawyer, Benjamin Alvarez, who is Alina Alvarez's nephew, said his client denied all the charges.

"He emphatically denies the allegations," the attorney said. "He's a family man. He will be vindicated."

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