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    Holder on the hot seat – Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba

    Holder on the hot seat: Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba
    By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times – Updated: 3:08 p.m. on Friday,
    January 23, 2015

    A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on
    Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in
    Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s
    announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation.

    “As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, do you support the
    normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives
    from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including
    law enforcement officers on their hands?” said the three senators in a
    letter to Mr. Holder.

    The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas
    and David Vitter of Louisiana. Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz are Cuban Americans.

    The senators demanded information about the number of U.S. criminals
    currently harbored by the Castro regime and the indictments against the
    fugitives, as well as Mr. Holder’s legal opinion on the plan to remove
    Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    They also demanded an explanation of Mr. Holder’s involvement in the
    decision to free three convicted Cuban spies, including one convicted of
    a murder conspiracy, from U.S. prison and transfer them to Cuba.

    Mr. Holder’s office did not immediately respond to the letter or an
    inquiry from The Washington Times about it.

    Mr. Obama announced on Dec. 17 that he was restoring diplomatic ties
    with Cuba, easing financial and travel restrictions on the country,
    though stopping short of completely lifting the 54-year-old U.S. embargo
    against the country.

    The historic easing of tension between the two countries followed a deal
    for the release of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned
    in Cuba for five years.

    As many as 70 fugitives from U.S. justice could be living in Cuba.
    Several criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted List are known to have found
    refuge in Cuba.

    JoAnne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, fled to Cuba in 1979
    after fellow members of the Black Liberation Army broke her out of
    prison, where she was serving a life sentence for the execution-style
    murder of a New Jersey State Trooper.

    Another fugitive in Cuba is Victor Manuel Gerena, an accused cop killer
    admitted hijacker. Mr. Gerena and three other members of the Republic of
    New Afrika hijacked a jetliner in 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and
    flew to Cuba.

    “As the facts of these cases show, the actions of the individuals in
    question have deprived some Americans of their lives and affected the
    lives and well-being of countless others,” the senators wrote.

    “Attempting to gloss over the facts of their crimes against the United
    States is an insult to the values and ethics of our judicial system and
    those same ideals that you, as our nation’s chief law enforcement
    officer, are supposed to uphold.”

    Source: GOP senators confront Eric Holder on U.S. fugitives in Cuba –
    Washington Times –