WASHINGTON — Legislation funding the State Department would block the U.S. from expanding its diplomatic presence in Cuba until convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard is returned to New Jersey.
The House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 would prevent the U.S. from building new facilities or hiring additional staff except for those needed for health safety and security reasons. It imposes the same restrictions on Cuba in this country.
Chesimard “has been sheltered by the Castro regime for decades,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), the committee chairman…
The first woman on the FBI’s list of the most wanted terrorists, Chesimard escaped from prison and fled to Cuba after being sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Police Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after she and other members of the Black Liberation Army were stopped by State Police on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Now known as Assata Olugbala Shaku, Chesimard has lived in Cuba since 1984…
Reps. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) and Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.) re-introduced legislation in March requiring the U.S. to submit annual reports on the number of fugitives and the efforts being made to bring them back.
The bill was named for Foerster and another New Jersey resident, Walter Patterson, whose convicted killer also escaped and is living overseas.
Under the bill, federal government would have to submit annual reports on the number of fugitives and the efforts being made to bring them back.
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