JoAnne Chesimard who is on the FBI’s most wanted Terrorist list has been living free in Cuba since 1984. She fled to Cuba when she escaped prison after being convicted of killing a N.J. cop. With the renewed relations between Cuba and the U.S., it is a possibility that that JoAnne Chesimard who goes by the name Assata Shakur maybe extradited to the U.S.
Assata Shakur was a member of the Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army. On May 2, 1973, she is said to have killed a New Jersey Trooper and was convicted in 1977. She was sentence to life in prison but escaped after two years. After escaping to Cuba, she was granted asylum by the countries former leader, Fidel Castro and has been living under the protection of the Castro family since the mid 80’s.
“We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973,” State Police Col
In an interview yesterday with the Los Angeles Times, Colonel Fuentes stated, “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. 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.” Colonel Fuentes went on to say, “This case constitutes an open wound in our organization, and an open wound in the Foerster and Harper families, and we have tried to take advantage of every opportunity.”
The FBI and State Police are offering reward money in the amount of $2 million. Assata Shakur is now 67 years old. Could this mean extradition for Chesimard? Maybe, but after all these years most say leave her alone.