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Ros-Lehtinen: Naming Chesimard a Most Wanted Terrorist is reaffirmation the Castro regime facilitates and supports terrorism

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PRESS RELEASE

May 2, 2013


Convicted Felon Named Most Wanted Terrorist and Additional Reward Money is Offered for Her Arrest

Ros-Lehtinen says: “Naming Chesimard as a Most Wanted Terrorist is another reaffirmation that the Castro regime facilitates and supports terrorism”

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding Joanne Chesimard, a convicted felon who killed a New Jersey State Trooper and fled to Cuba, being named today as a Most Wanted Terrorist by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and New Jersey authorities adding more reward money, for a total of $2 million, for information leading to her capture.

“According to authorities, Chesimard has been living in Cuba since 1984 and has found a safe haven in the hands of the Castro tyranny. In 1977, Chesimard was convicted for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and escaped law enforcement authorities in 1979 and later fled to Cuba.

“While the Cuban people continue to suffer under this tyrannical regime, fugitives and terrorists are held in esteem honor and celebrated by the Castro brothers. Chesimard joins the likes of members affiliated with terrorist organizations such as the FARC and the ETA, which see Cuba as a sanctuary, to hide and escape from justice. Once again, this latest action by U.S. authorities naming Chesimard as a Most Wanted Terrorist is another reaffirmation that the Castro regime facilitates and supports terrorism and undermines U.S. interests consistently. This convicted murderer, as well as many others, is welcomed with open arms by the Castro regime that disregards due process and an independent judicial system.

“I would like to commend the FBI for naming Joanne Chesimard a Most Wanted Terrorist, the first woman ever to make this notorious list. In addition, I would like to applaud the New Jersey state authorities for adding additional reward money for information leading to the capture and arrest of Chesimard bringing the total reward to $2 million.”

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5 comments to Ros-Lehtinen: Naming Chesimard a Most Wanted Terrorist is reaffirmation the Castro regime facilitates and supports terrorism

  • asombra

    Does this mean certain rappers who directly or indirectly support Chesimard, I mean Assata Shakur, will no longer be invited to the Obama White House as they have been in the past? Do tell.

  • asombra

    As for upping the reward money, it's moot, since the FBI knows where she is and has for years. The only barrier to her capture is the Cuban dictatorship, which has chosen to harbor her knowing full well she's a convicted murderer. Unless said regime returns her to the US in exchange for the reward money, it doesn't matter how high that reward goes.

  • theCardinal

    hey guys, can't you see a set up when you see one? totalitarian/authoritarian regimes allow terrorists or fugitives to live freely and openly but ultimately they are nothing but bargaining chips. By hyping up this one particular murderer as a "terrorist" we have inadvertently increased her value. Giving her up to US would be seen as a sign of good faith and thawing relations. So who can we blame? Ourselves because by insisting that US national interests are at stake with the terrorist Castro regime that when the forgo the road of terrorism our they will get credit for "Changing" when in fact they will be changing very little.

  • asombra

    It did occur to me that there's more here than meets the eye, like planning or floating a deal with Havana. The obvious thing would be a trade, which'd be a way to get the damn five spies back as well as to look "cooperative" and "reasonable." Of course, if Chesimard winds up back in US prison, there'll be all kinds of people, especially celebrities, calling for her to be pardoned, and Obama could conceivably do that before leaving office (or she could simply get paroled out after a nominal prison stay due to her age, health issues, "good" behavior, etc.). But as I've said, no matter what happens, she cheated justice out of more than 30 years of jail time while she was still "in her prime," and she is never paying that back. It's a considerably better deal than the one the guy she killed got.