US and Cuba in talks to bring cop-killer back to America
By Joe Tacopino
US and Cuban officials are reportedly discussing an exchange that could bring New Jersey cop killer Joanne Chesimard back to American soil.
The talks between the two countries, which have normalized diplomatic relations, could also send notorious Cuban spy Ana Montes back to the Caribbean nation, according to NBC.
“Cuba has been a haven for US fugitives,” a federal law-enforcement official told NBC.
Chesimard, a former Black Panther and an aunt of hip hop legend Tupac Shakur, escaped prison in 1979 after she was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper. She has been hiding out in Havana since the mid-1980s.
Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, is the only woman on the FBI’s list of most-wanted terrorists.
Montes had been a senior analyst for Cuban affairs with the Defense Intelligence Agency.
On Sept. 21, 2001, Montes was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage for Cuba.
She was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is scheduled to be sprung in 2023.
Editor’s Note: Cuban-Supported FMLN guerrillas killed 65 soldiers, including American “Green Beret” Gregory A. Fronius, in a single three-hour battle. The surprise attack on the El Paraiso camp occurred on April 1, 1987 – shortly after Castro spy Ana Montes visited the camp as part of a five-week familiarization visit to the (then) war-torn nation. Montes then shared numerous U.S. secrets with her handler – to include the precise time to attack — on a date she knew 75% of El Paraiso’s garrison would be away conducting counter-insurgency operations.