Castro Promotes Military Officer (Son-in-Law) at Center of U.N. Smuggling Probe
Curiously, Lopez-Callejas’ new rank of “brigadier general” was revealed at a ceremony of Almacenes Universal S.A., the military company that runs Cuba’s Port of Mariel facility — in conjunction with Brazil’s Odebrecht Group — and is at the center of the recent Cuba-North Korean illegal arms smuggling operation.
According to the recent U.N. Panel of Experts report, which found this smuggling operation to violate international sanctions, the Port of Mariel was specifically chosen for this operation, in order to prevent detection and avoid any paper trail.
Moreover, all of the commercial facilities and transactions involved in the Cuba-North Korea smuggling probe fall under Castro’s military business conglomerate, GAESA, run by Lopez-Callejas.
Yesterday, the U.N.’s Panel of Experts announced the probe continues into the illegal weapons shipments, seeking to identify the entities that participated in the operation and subjecting them to sanctions.
Surely, GAESA should be one of them.
And the reason why the Castros continue to withhold info from U.N. investigators.