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Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift

Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift

Ishmael Muslim Ali now lives a quiet life in Cuba, where he remains
wanted by the F.B.I. for aircraft piracy. Credit Cave 7 Productions
For more than 30 years, Ishmael Muslim Ali has lived a relatively full
and unremarkable life in Cuba. He taught English in the nation’s public
schools,… Continue reading

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years
BY DAVID J. NEAL
dneal@miamiherald.com

Once Silvio “Jander” Morales smuggled six women from Camaguey, Cuba into
Miami, he shed any niceties like a moulting anaconda losing skin.
Morales constricted the women into prostitution by mushrooming their
debt, threatening their families’ lives and even threatening to feed one
woman… Continue reading

Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Cuban Sex Trafficking

Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Cuban Sex Trafficking
A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for operating a
sex trafficking ring involving women he lured from Cuba.
July 8, 2017, at 10:38 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for
operating a sex trafficking ring involving… Continue reading

Teen dies during high school graduation trip to Cuba organized by Toronto-based S-Trip tour company

Teen dies during high school graduation trip to Cuba organized by
Toronto-based S-Trip tour company
By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News Posted: Jul 07, 2017 6:17 PM ET Last
Updated: Jul 07, 2017 6:59 PM ET

Alex Sagriff was a student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in
Belleville. She had been vacationing in Varadero with other graduating
students when she… Continue reading

US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers

US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers
By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein | AP June 22

HAVANA — The U.S. and Cuba are still cooperating to intercept drug
smugglers even through the Trump administration has halted high-level
meetings on stopping the flow of narcotics through the Caribbean, a top
Cuban anti-drug official said Thursday.

The amount… Continue reading

Cuba should return its terrorists to US, terror victim’s son says

Cuba should return its terrorists to US, terror victim’s son says
By Eric Shawn Published June 26, 2017 Fox News

They sought safety on the shores of Cuba from American justice.

Now Joe Connor wants them back.

“Get these guys back, as a starting point for any further opening up of
Cuba,” Connor insists.

An estimated 70 fugitives, including terrorists,… Continue reading

Man sentenced in N.B. for illegally importing Cuban rock iguanas

Man sentenced in N.B. for illegally importing Cuban rock iguanas
Canada Border Services Agency
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 3:33PM ADT

FREDERICTON — An Ontario man has been sentenced in New Brunswick to
three months in jail for illegally trafficking in threatened iguanas.
Grigori Zaharov and a companion were intercepted by Canada Border
Services Agency officers last… Continue reading

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals / Iván García

Iván García, 6 May 2017 — Some people in Cuba, not just a minority, want
blood. And more severe laws for criminals.

While the Catholic Church and different international institutions are
advocating a crusade to eliminate the death penalty on the Island, there
are people who, for many reasons, think… Continue reading

N.J. lawmakers launch push for fugitive Chesimard’s return from Cuba

N.J. lawmakers launch push for fugitive Chesimard’s return from Cuba
on March 31, 2017 at 7:10 AM, updated March 31, 2017 at 8:51 AM

WASHINGTON — Reps. Chris Smith and Albio Sires began a new effort to
push for the return of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard to the
U.S., re-introducing legislation to have the government push for the
return of… Continue reading

The Ascent Of The Spy

The Ascent Of The Spy

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 29 March 2017 — It was only a
matter of time before the spy Fernando González Llort took over the
presidency of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples
(ICAP). Since his return to Cuba after serving a 15-year prison sentence
in the United States, many predicted his rise to… Continue reading

Christie Renews Call to Demand Cuba Return Convicted Killer

Christie Renews Call to Demand Cuba Return Convicted Killer
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is again calling on the federal
government to have Cuba return a woman convicted in the murder of a
state trooper.
March 25, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has again called on
the federal government to have Cuba… Continue reading

No sign of release for the last Cuban spy in a US jail

No sign of release for the last Cuban spy in a US jail
Despite thaw in relations, Ana Belén Montes looks set to serve last nine
years of quarter-century sentence
PABLO DE LLANO
Corresponsal en Miami
Miami 8 MAR 2017 – 16:05 CET

On February 28, in her cell at a maximum security prison in Fort Worth,
Texas, Ana Belén… Continue reading

Havana Mobilizes For The Liberation Of The Spy Ana Belén Montes

Havana Mobilizes For The Liberation Of The Spy Ana Belén Montes

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana 27 February 2017 – This Tuesday, a
campaign launches in Cuba for the liberation of Ana Belén Montes, a
former intelligence analyst for the United States Defense Intelligence
Agency, condemned for espionage and considered a “prisoner of
conscience” by the government of Havana. The initiative… Continue reading

Brothers To The Rescue – A Crime That Hurts “Like The First Day”

Brothers To The Rescue: A Crime That Hurts “Like The First Day”/
14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 24 February 2017 – Members of the Cuban
exile remembered the anniversary of the death of four Cuban Americans
after the shooting down of two planes of the humanitarian NGO Brothers
to the Rescue by the Cuban Air Force in 1996.… Continue reading

Set Fire To Havana In Order To Hide The Body?

Set Fire To Havana In Order To Hide The Body? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 February 2017 – People say that when
an event happens repeatedly it stops being an accident. The fire that
took place on Monday, February 20th, 2017, in “La Mezclilla” store, in
the neighborhood of San Leopoldo (Municipality of Centro Habana) is… Continue reading

Liberados 11 cubanos secuestrados cuando se dirigían a la frontera entre México y EEUU

Liberados 11 cubanos secuestrados cuando se dirigían a la frontera entre
México y EEUU
DDC | Ciudad de México | 9 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:48 CET.

Los 11 cubanos secuestrados hace una semana por un grupo desconocido en
la ciudad de Reynosa, México, cuando se dirigían al punto fronterizo de
Nuevo Laredo fueron liberados el martes, informa Mega… Continue reading

Clinic operator who fled to Cuba returns to face $130M healthcare fraud case

Clinic operator who fled to Cuba returns to face $130M healthcare fraud case
BY JAY WEAVER
jweaver@miamiherald.com

Soon after the feds broke up a family-run chain of clinics that tried to
steal $130 million from Miami-Dade Public Schools and a string of major
U.S. companies, a trio of Cuban immigrants fled to Mexico and eventually
back home to the island.… Continue reading

Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners

Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 23 January 2017 — At nine at night on 19 January in
the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood in the eastern province of Holguin,
suddenly out of nothing there was a bustling scene of police chase going
after a Cuban citizen and three foreigners, carrying cocaine… Continue reading

On Notice – Cuban Repressor Dainier Suarez Pagan

On Notice: Cuban Repressor Dainier Suarez Pagan / Foundation for Human
Rights in Cuba

Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, 30 January 2017 — To Mr. Suarez
Pagan: For six months, since we took the initiative to identify those
people who exercise the repression of the Cuban tyranny, your name is
repeated more often than any other, associated with the… Continue reading

Cuba deal ‘burns bridge’ to convicted cop killer’s return, N.J. State Police head says

Cuba deal ‘burns bridge’ to convicted cop killer’s return, N.J. State
Police head says
By S.P. Sullivan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 19, 2017 at 5:43 PM

TRENTON — The head of the New Jersey State Police on Thursday decried a
deal struck between the United States and Cuba because… Continue reading

With no deal on convicted killer, police slam US-Cuba pact

With no deal on convicted killer, police slam US-Cuba pact
Associated PressJanuary 20, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The head of New Jersey’s state police has
criticized a law enforcement deal reached between the U.S. and Cuba,
because it doesn’t require the return of a woman convicted of killing a
state trooper.

Col. Rick Fuentes said Thursday that the information-sharing… Continue reading

Obama agrees not to extradite U.S. fugitives from Cuba

Obama agrees not to extradite U.S. fugitives from Cuba
By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Monday, January 16, 2017

The Obama administration signed a law-enforcement agreement with Cuba
Monday that doesn’t call for the return of U.S. fugitives, including
former Black Panther Joanne Chesimard, who is wanted for killing a New
Jersey police officer.
The pact was signed… Continue reading

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