Day of Outrage for Assata Shakur (fwd)

James Farmelant farmelantj at
Wed Sep 30 09:37:57 PDT 1998

A question I have is why the Cuban government should be granting this extradition treaty any recognition at all? If the treaty is regarded as being still valid shouldn't they demanding the extradition of anti-Castro terrorists from the US? Cuba has been known to extradite drug dealers and airplane hijackers to the US but I don't see why they need the treaty to do that especially since there is little reciprocity from the US.

Jim Farmelant

On Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:19:44 -0400 (EDT) "Frances Bolton (PHI)" <fbolton at> writes:
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 22:33:20 -0400
>From: National Peoples Campaign - DC <npcdc at>
>To: peacecent at
>Subject: Day of Outrage for Assata Shakur
>Day of Outrage for Assata Shakur
>On September 15th, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution
>demanding that the Cuban government extradite Assata Shakur (Joanne
>Chesimard) and all 77 political exiles in Cuba to the US to serve the
>of their sentences. The Cuban government regards Assata's case as
>and has consistently refused to return her under the extradition
>with the US.
>Called by Black Autonomy International, blanarcho at
>Excerpts from a legal Analysis by Michael Ratner of the Center for
>Constitutional Rights:
>First, even apart from Assata Shakur's innocence and the unfairness
>her trial, it is politically hypocritical for the United States
>to insist on her extradition. If there is a place where terrorists
>can call home, it is the Untied States. It gives refuge to criminals
>have attacked and murdered scores if not hundreds of Cubans.
>Most notorious of these is Orlando Bosch, living in Miami, who was
>convicted of blowing up a Cubana airliner killing 76 people,
>including a young Cuban fencing team. And what of the agents of the
>who planned and paid for numerous sabotage and terrorist attacks in
> .......stuff deleted for brevity
>Second, under the extradition treaty with Cuba, it has the absolute
>unfettered right not to extradite Assasta Shakur. Assuming the treaty
>still valid, it contains a clear exception to extradition for crimes
>that are of a "political character."
>Cuba has made the decision that Assata Shakur's case fits the
>exception" of the treaty. On April 2, Cuba forcefully turned down any
>request for Assata's extradition. A spokesman for
>the Foreign Ministry, Alejandro Gonzalez, said Assata was "a civil
>rights activist." He stated that she would not be extradited as the
>"government of Cuba has sufficient reasons to disagree with the
>against her and fears that she might be the target of
>unfair treatment."
>If anyone would like the full text of Ratners analysis, reply by email
>we'll be happy to forward it.
>The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the
>poor to
>sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal
>bread.—Anatole France
>National Peoples Campaign - DC
>PO Box 3700
>Washington, DC 20037
>Phone: 202-588-1205
>email: npcdc at

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