Assata Shakur, born Joanne Chesimard, has been living in Cuba since her escape from the U.S after her 1977 conviction in the killing of a NJ State Trooper. Despite the newly improved relations between the U.S and Cuba, a Cuban official recently stated that his country has no plans on returning Shakur to the U.S.
“I can say it is off the table,” said Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
New Jersey officials have demanded Shakur’s return before the U.S. takes any further steps to normalize relations with the communist government.
Machin stated that Cuba granted Shakur political asylum and they don’t plan on taking that away due to the way her case was conducted.
“There are very serious doubts about that case,” said Machin. “We consider that a politically motivated case against that lady.”