Wanted woman seen as symbol for U.S.-Cuban differences

Wanted woman seen as symbol for U.S.-Cuban differences


By:  Michael Matza
Philadelphia Inquirer


It was a murder on the New Jersey Turnpike - stunning violence near the New Brunswick exit.

Now, decades after Black Liberation Army leader Joanne Chesimard was sentenced for the 1973 killing of a state trooper, escaped prison, and surfaced in Cuba in 1984, she is first and foremost among the estimated 70 American fugitives harbored there whose apparent flouting of U.S. law is fuel for critics of recent efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba relations...

...In January, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding Shakur's repatriation for "deplorable crimes."

Resolutions of the New Jersey Assembly call for her extradition; the state sheriff's association concurs.

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