Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Sen. Marco Rubio call on DOJ to indict Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro for the 1996 murder of Americans

It has been 22 years since Cuban dictator Raul Castro gave the order to shoot down civilian planes flying piloted by Americans and flying in international waters. Four innocent men were murdered that day in 1996 and the Department of Justice has never done anything about it.

Twenty. Two. Years.

Hopefully, the U.S. will do something about it now.

Susan Crabtree via The Washington Free Beacon:

Rubio, Diaz-Balart Call for U.S. Authorities to Indict Raul Castro

Lawmakers want justice for downing of ‘Brothers to the Rescue’ planes, which killed three Americans

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) are urging President Trump to direct the Justice Department to review whether to indict former Cuban President Raul Castro for the illegal shoot down in 1996 of two American civilian aircraft that killed three Americans and a U.S. legal resident.

Rubio and Diaz-Balart on Tuesday sent a letter to Trump commending him on his “expressions of solidarity with courageous pro-democracy activists” in Cuba and asking him “within all applicable rules and regulations” to direct the DOJ to look into the Cuban government’s alleged downing of the two U.S. aircraft in 1996 and determine whether to indict Castro.

“In the spirit of Cuban Independence Day, we urge to consider new additional actions to hold the Castro regime accountable for its crimes,” Rubio and Diaz-Balart said in the letter, referring to the independence Cuba won from Spain on May 20, 1902.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The civilian aircraft were flown by the Miami-based nonprofit, Brothers to the Rescue, a group formed by Cuban exiles opposed to the Castro regime who aimed to help Cuban people trying to flee the communist island nation by raft and make it the United States. The group’s planes at least once dropped leaflets on Cuba advocating for dissident resistance against the Castro dictatorship.

The Cuban Air Force shot down the planes in international airspace on February 24, 1996, as they were returning to Florida, killing the three Americans and one U.S. legal resident. The U.N. Security Council and other international powers condemned the incident while the Castro regime argued it was justified because the planes were trying to destabilize the Cuban government.

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1 thought on “Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Sen. Marco Rubio call on DOJ to indict Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro for the 1996 murder of Americans”

  1. He gave the order, but obviously it originated with his late (half) brother. At any rate, I expect both Vil Clinton and that Spanish judge who hounded Pinochet are both having a good chuckle over this initiative.

    And by the way, the Castro bastards were simply being themselves and doing their job, but what about the POTUS at the time? Lord, the disgust.

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