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    Posted: Dec 23 2014 at 3:01pm

Undated photo of Assata Shakur – formerly Joanne Chesimard –who was put on a US government terrorist watch list on May 2, 2005. Photograph: AP/New Jersey State Police

A senior Cuban official has given the clearest sign yet that the island’s government has no intention of extraditing America’s most wanted woman, despite the warming of relations between the two countries.

“Every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted,” the Cuban foreign ministry’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, told the Associated Press.

“We’ve explained to the US government in the past that there are some people living in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted political asylum,” Vidal said, noting also that the two countries have no extradition treaty in effect.

Vidal’s comments in a Monday interview were the clearest sign yet that Cuba has no intention of extraditing Assata Shakur – formerly known as Joanne Chesimard – following a historic detente announced by last week by President Barack Obama and Raúl Castro of Cuba.

Shakur was granted asylum by Fidel Castro after she escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gun battle after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Shakur – who has maintained her innocence – was the rapper Tupac Shakur’s step-aunt and godmother.

The New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, has urged Obama to demand her return before restoring full relations.

In a letter to the White House made public on Sunday, Christie called her asylum in Cuba “an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey state police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice”. The FBI and the New Jersey state police have offered a $2m reward for information leading to Shakur’s capture.

Later on Monday, during an interview with a television anchor, Christie responded to Vidal’s statement that Cuba has the right to grant to political asylum to those who have been persecuted.

“So Joanne Chesimard, a cold-blooded cop killer, convicted by a jury of her peers, in what is without question the fairest and most just criminal justice system in the world – certainly much more just than anything that’s happened in Cuba under the Castro brothers. She is now, according to an official of the Cuban government, persecuted,” he said.

He added, “these thugs in Cuba have given her political asylum for 30 years. It’s unacceptable”.

Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council, said the Obama administration will “continue to press in our engagement with the Cuban government for the return of US fugitives in Cuba to pursue justice for the victims of their crimes”.

Several suspects in high-profile American cases live openly in Cuba, as are others convicted of less serious crimes. Among these are a woman convicted of killing a police officer four decades ago, a man sought for a 31-year-old armed robbery, airplane hijackers and dozens of people accused of Medicare and insurance fraud.


FBI photo file showing the different appearances of Assata Shakur. Photograph: AP
Cuba occasionally returns people convicted or suspected of committing crimes in the US, but it doesn’t observe traditional extradition and refuses to send anyone back for a crime Havana considers political in nature, according to the State Department.

The Castro government’s frequent position on returning fugitives has been to ask for the US to return people wanted in Cuba.

“We’ve reminded the US government that in its country they’ve given shelter to dozens and dozens of Cuban citizens,” Vidal said. “Some of them accused of horrible crimes, some accused of terrorism, murder and kidnapping, and in every case the US government has decided to welcome them.”

In Cuba’s first detailed public response to Obama’s historic announcement last week, Vidal said Cuba is open to all of Obama’s moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island. That includes US equipment to improve the Cuban internet and US exports to Cuba’s new class of private business owners.

“Our president has said we welcome President Obama’s decision to introduce the most significant changes in relations with Cuba in 54 years,” Vidal said. “That includes the entire package.”
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 23 2014 at 3:07pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 23 2014 at 3:14pm
america always has a long game in mind

theres no such thing as acts of good faith on america's behalf

and most of these western countries
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 23 2014 at 3:17pm
“So Joanne Chesimard, a cold-blooded cop killer, convicted by a jury of her peers, in what is without question the fairest and most just criminal justice system in the world – certainly much more just than anything that’s happened in Cuba under the Castro brothers. She is now, according to an official of the Cuban government, persecuted,” he said.


I'm trying to figure out if he really believes this lie
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 23 2014 at 5:33pm
yea, new jersey governor was saying barack obama shouldnt have any talks with cuba till they hand her over
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 24 2014 at 12:29am
UM can someone go over and put a "hit" out on her and get away with it??? just saying yanno...could it happen since now we 'KEKEEING" with each other
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 27 2014 at 6:14am
apparently she wrote an open letter, but there no date, the language is sus

just all around skecthy and the source is just one lone blog
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 27 2014 at 6:47pm

Cubans eye $2M reward for ratting out cop-killer

HAVANA, Cuba — Cop-killer Joanne Chesimard may hold a special place in Fidel Castro’s heart — but ordinary Cubans eyeing a $2 million reward would rat her out in a heartbeat, several told The Post.

“A Cuban would sell out his mother for that kind of money. Money is what talks,” declared Carlos, a Havana merchant.

“A Cuban will sell you out for 5 pesos. Imagine $2 million,” added Juan, a hotel worker in the capital.

Few Cubans interviewed even knew Chesimard was in the country — and those who did were clueless about the $2 million reward posted by the New Jersey State Police and the FBI.

Chesimard, 67, a Black Panther and member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the Jersey Turnpike.

She was sent to prison but busted out in 1979 with help from other black militants, and has lived in Cuba since 1984.

Frank, a cabdriver, told The Post that plenty of his countrymen would turn in Chesimard — who is also known as Assata Shakur, and is the aunt of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

“There are a lot of dissidents that live here that would. I’m not surprised that’s she being hidden,” he said.

One local named Nelson was so interested when told about Chesimard and the bounty on her head he started his own search.

A day later he told The Post: “I spoke to many people. No one knows where she is. Only people high up in government know.”

None of those who spoke wanted their last names used.

“You have to understand the Cubans — they have to be very careful of what they say. Because the agents, they’re everywhere and they are very good at what they do,” Frank, the cab driver, said.

New Jersey cops were hopeful Chesimard would be brought to justice following President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that he intends to normalize relations with the country.

“We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper,” State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes said.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 27 2014 at 7:30pm
so do we need to start a gofundme account so she can get plastic surgery & relocate? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 27 2014 at 8:05pm
Here's the Change.org petition to have her pardoned.

https://www.change.org/p/chris-christie-pardon-assata-shakur?recruiter=76665453&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg

I'm so worried about her.
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