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
Col. Rick Fuentes said Thursday that the information-sharing agreement
announced this week burned Barack Obama's last opportunity to negotiate
for the return of fugitives including Joanne Chesimard before he leaves
Fuentes says he will work with Donald Trump to negotiate for her return
after he is inaugurated.
"By burning the last bridge to this administration's opportunity to gain
their negotiated return, families who have long suffered the
consequences of their terrorist acts and law enforcement everywhere in
this country have been shown the back of the hand," Fuentes said. "An
ignominious torch has been passed to the next president."
Joanne Chesimard was convicted in 1977 in the death of Trooper Werner
Foerster during a gunfight on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She was
sentenced to life in prison but escaped and traveled to Cuba, where
Fidel Castro granted her asylum and she has been living under the name
The Obama administration and Cuba's Interior Ministry Monday agreed to
share information on international criminal activity such as terrorism,
human trafficking and money laundering despite Republican objections to
U.S. law-enforcement cooperation with President Raul Castro's government.
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