Former Alpha-66 Terrorist, born-again "peaceful exile," indicted!
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[We shall see... is this window-dressing, designed to deflect attention
from the protest movement again the illegitimate jailing of 7 Cubans who were
keeping an eye on anti-Cuba terrorists .. and to deflect scrutiny of the US
CIA's decades-old incestuous relationship with the terrorists they trained?
Is this an empty PR exercise? Or will they start confiscating the boats and
planes that violate Cuba's territory, and will they keep the CIA's trained
scum in jail? We shall see... -- NY Transfer]
FORMER ALPHA 66 TERRORIST, BORN-AGAIN "PEACEFUL EXILE," INDICTED IN FLORIDA
MIAMI, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A prominent Cuban exile leader who organizes
protests at sea against Cuban President Fidel Castro was indicted by a
Florida federal grand jury on charges he entered Cuban territorial waters in
violation of U.S. regulations, prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Ramon Saul Sanchez, head of a Miami exile group called Democracy Movement who
preaches nonviolent civil disobedience, faces charges of conspiracy and
violating a U.S. presidential proclamation. He was indicted by a federal
grand jury in Key West and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison on each
of the two counts if convicted.
Saul, a familiar public figure during the saga of Cuban shipwreck survivor
Elian Gonzalez, frequently leads flotillas of exile boats to the edge of
Cuban territorial waters in the Florida Straits, where he holds memorial
services for Cuban migrants who have died trying to leave the communist-ruled
Caribbean island in small boats.
U.S. authorities say he entered Cuban waters during such a memorial flotilla
on July 14, in violation of a proclamation issued in 1996 by then-President
The proclamation, in response to the February 1996 downing by Cuban fighter
jets of two exile planes over the Florida Straits, declared that the Cuban
government had demonstrated a "ready and reckless willingness to use
excessive force, including deadly force, in the ostensible enforcement of its
It prohibited certain vessels from departing what is known as the South
Florida Security Zone with the intent to enter Cuban territorial waters.
Prosecutors said Saul, a Cuban native who has frequently declared that he has
the right under international law to enter Cuban waters, had previously
acknowledged that the presidential proclamation was a valid exercise of U.S.
Two other men who were on Saul's boat, Alberto Perez and Pablo Rodriguez,
also were named in the indictment.
Saul took a leading role in Cuban exile protests against the U.S.
government's ultimately successful efforts to return Elian Gonzalez, who
survived a disastrous migrant smuggling voyage in which his mother died, to
his father in Cuba.
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