Cuomo in Cuba
When Gov. Cuomo heads to Cuba next month, there’s something he should demand from the Castro government: the return of fugitive terrorists.
Cuba today harbors some 70 American fugitives from justice, but we have three particular ones in mind. Because each committed heinous crimes in this area — and none has been held to account.
- Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Army terrorist convicted of the 1973 execution-style murder of a New Jersey state trooper. In 1979, she fled to Cuba after escaping from prison.
- Guillermo Morales, chief bombmaker for the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN, responsible for scores of deadly New York attacks — including the infamous 1975 bombing of Fraunces Tavern.
- Cheri Dalton, aka Nehanda Isoke Abiodun, wanted for a string of “revolutionary” armored-car robberies. She allegedly drove the getaway car in the 1981 Brinks robbery in Nyack, in which two police officers and a guard were murdered.
But as Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) noted in recent letters to Secretary of State John Kerry and FBI Director James Comey, our law provides for such a designation when a country serves “as a sanctuary for terrorists or terrorist organizations.”
That fits Cuba.
We appreciate that Gov. Cuomo wants to be the first governor to cash in on Cuba’s trade dollars.
But if he really wants to serve New Yorkers, how about persuading Havana that those wanted for shedding blood here need to be sent home to face justice?