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Woman indicted in Cuba spy case flees to Sweden

The US Justice Department on Thursday announced the indictment of a former State Department employee for allegedly spying on behalf of Cuba, but it is unable to arrest her because she lives in Sweden, a country that does not extradite citizens accused of espionage. Marta Rita Velazquez, 55, a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law School, was indicted nearly a decade ago on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage. Velazquez lives in Stockholm and is aware of the charges against her, the Justice Department said. But the extradition treaty between the United States and Sweden does not allow extradition for spying. “Espionage is considered a ‘political offense’ that, … Continue reading

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Republican lawmakers seek details on Beyoncé, Jay-Z Cuba trip

Two Republican members of Congress have asked the U.S. Treasury Department for information on what type of license American pop star Beyoncé and rapper husband Jay-Z obtained for a high-profile trip to Cuba to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Beyoncé and Jay Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary this week in Havana, where big crowds greeted them as they strolled hand in hand through the Cuban capital. They ate at some of the city’s best restaurants, danced to Cuban music, walked through historic Old Havana and posed for pictures with admiring Cubans, who recognized them despite the past half-century of ideological conflict that separates the United States and Cuba. In a … Continue reading

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