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Cuba Says It Will Never Extradite Fugitive Cop Killer to U.S.

March 19, 2015  | 

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A top Cuban official told Yahoo News that his government has no intention of turning over a fugitive wanted by the FBI for killing a New Jersey police officer.

“I can say it is off the table,” said Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when asked about calls for Cuba to return Joanne Chesimard.

Chesimard, 67, is on the list of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, with a $2 million bounty on her head, for the 1973 murder of a state trooper during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. Convicted in 1977, Chesimard — a onetime member of the radical Black Liberation Army — escaped from a New Jersey state women’s prison two years later and fled to Cuba, where she lives in seclusion under the name of Assata Shakur, officially protected by the Cuban government.

Officials in New Jersey, led by Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have demanded that Cuba return Chesimard before the U.S. takes any further steps to normalize relations with the communist government.

Cuba’s decision to provide sanctuary for Chesimard “is an intolerable insult to all those who long to see justice served,” including members of the slain New Jersey state trooper’s family, Menendez wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last week. In an emailed statement to Yahoo News on Monday, Menendez said Chesimard is a “cop killer” and her return should be “a top agenda” item before any further concessions are made to the Castro government.

Comments (9)

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kevCopAz @ 3/19/2015 4:06 PM

Then a simple answer from the US Government should be; then stay on your island and do without any US tourism and any US trade and any talks that we had before this are null and void. Stay on your "Communist heaven "island and starve. Im tired of these totalitarian, piss ant countries telling us how to live and what to do. Until they (Cuba) can act like a civilized country and work within the laws and rules on international relations, then a polite answer would be F U to them.

Jack Betz @ 3/19/2015 4:27 PM

Cuba wants anything from the US, they had better hand that killer over

bob retired leo @ 3/19/2015 8:20 PM

@kevCopAz, Im in full agreement with you. I still remember Kennedy stopping those Russian missiles from going to Cuba. My ship the USS Gearing was the first to respond to the blockade. To hell with Cuba. When I married a Canadian I had duel citizen ship and she took her daughter to Cuba for a graduation gift. I refused to go even though I could have under a Canadian passport. And all these years later its the same story there.

Sgt. Lamb @ 3/19/2015 9:21 PM

Last I checked, we didn't need Cuba...Cuba needs us. Hmm.... Piss off until you show that you want to be friendly by working with us.

CC Walker @ 3/19/2015 10:03 PM

We don't need them. Nuff said

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/21/2015 12:25 AM

This case is strictly a political ploy to derail relations with Cuba. The Governor found a case to use to make headlines without paying for advertising on his own. This request is not about justice, it is strictly political pork. Normalization is long overdue and it's not about which one needs the other, it is about healing relations with our closest non-joining neighbor. The cold war is long over and both countries need to start the healing process. One step at a time will resolve all issues eventually. This process is greater than one political ploy by a political hack in New Jersey.

NMSgt631 @ 3/26/2015 2:58 PM

I agree with step at a time. Step one: return the cop killer. Step two: send Ima to Cuba.

Marti Malone @ 6/16/2015 11:51 AM

Do to her what they did to the man who killed that DEA Agent KiKi go over there and drag her back here.

Vincent Herman @ 7/11/2015 12:16 AM

HOW can we even CONSIDER restoring normal diplomatic relations with this regime;
The SAME one that turned LOOSE THOUSANDS OF CRIMINALS & MENTAL PATIENTS in the 80'S (Marieleto Boat Lift) and led to a riot in ATLANTIC FEDERAL PRISON, the tens of thousands of crimes committed in our UNITED STATES, especially in FLA. & NJ, where most ended up.

As a NJ resident it is blasphemous when I see FAR LEFT politicos (Bill DiBlasio, mayor of NY, Obama, Hillary, and Kerry) espoused "how wonderful" Cuban (regime) is.

Since this far left BS started, it is my
(& most Leo's position) that ALL WANTED CRIMINALS be turned over to USA-

THAT CHESIMARD BITCH US A CONVICTED COP KILLER OF A NJ STATE TROOPER'S, LIFE, so don't say she is "innocent" or a material.

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