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New Diplomatic Relations Means Aunt of Tupac Shakur Who Fled to Cuba After Killing State Trooper, Could Be Extradited

December 19, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
New Diplomatic Relations Means Aunt of Tupac Shakur Who Fled to Cuba After Killing State Trooper, Could Be Extradited Image courtesy of nbcphiladelphia.com

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The announcement that the U.S. is attempting to normalize relations with Cuba by President Obama, could have ramifications for the aunt of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

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Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba after murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, could be extradited NECN reported.

Chesimard eventually was giving asylum from Fidel Castro.

“Chesimard isn’t the only fugitive down there wanted for a violent crime, and she’s already been convicted, so it’s a matter of bringing her back and sending her back to jail,” the New Jersey State Police wrote in a post on their Facebook page. “There’s other people that surround her that Castro has taken a liking to and it’s been very, very difficult in their particular cases to have discussions to get them out.”

According to the LA Times, Chesimard was the first woman ever to be added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.

Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a militant group that supported armed revolution against those who oppressed black Americans.

She was a suspect in several bank robberies and in May 1973, after being pulled over by Troopers Werner Foerster and James Harper, the FBI said Foerster was shot execution-style. Harper was seriously wounded.

Chesimard was convicted in 1977 but managed to escape from prison in 1979 with the help of armed militants.

There is a $2 million reward leading to her arrest.

On Wednesday, the U.S. announced it would establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years and open an embassy in Havana.

This was announcement was made after the Cuban government released American prisoner Alan Gross, who was arrested in 2009 for helping Jewish communities gain Internet access that bypassed government censorship.

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