Commission asks Trump to use Helms-Burton law to arrest Raul Castro
The Justice Cuba Commission today asked U.S. President Donald Trump to set in motion the legal mechanisms that will allow the Cuban president, Raul Castro, to face international justice, which was unavailable before because of the “diplomatic immunity” he possessed as a head of state.
Although the Commission classified the designation of Miguel Diaz-Canel as the new leader of the island as a “cosmetic” change, they say Raul Castro stepping down from the presidency makes him “subject to prosecution” once he leaves the island.
“We ask President Trump to put in use the authorities given him in the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 and to order the arrest of Raul Castro so he can face trial for at least the crimes clearly evidenced,” said Mexican jurist Rene Bolio, president of the Justice Cuba Commission, in a press conference.
The crime relates to the shoot down of civilian airplanes from the exile organization Brothers to the Rescue by Cuban MiGs in 1996 over international waters in the Florida Straits. This action was what prompted the Cuban Liberty act, known as the Helms-Burton law.
In consideration of the law, in which Congress condemned the shoot down of the aircraft, the Commission calls on President Donal Trump to bring Raul Castro before the International Court of Justice for being the “intellectual author” and committing “systematic crimes against humanity, for which he can be tried,” said Bolio
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