According to a report, the concern of whether or not to extradite fugitive Assata Shakur from Cuba has returned between the Cuban government and American diplomats.

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Just this past March, Cuba had unleashed an adamant statement that they were not making efforts to return Shakur to America (whose legal, married name is Joanne Chesimard). Yet their newfound willingness to cooperate could be a result of President Obama‘s recent profound moves in repairing the once tattered relationship between Cuba and the U.S.

Last weekend, Obama met with Cuba’s President Raul Castro, as the media captured the two warmly shaking hands and talking politics. The President has also suggested removing the country from the international list of states that are believed to be sponsors of worldwide terrorism. Via the Associated PressPresident Obama was quoted on the matters of fugitives on the Caribbean island:

“Cuba has agreed to enter into a law enforcement dialogue with the United States that will include discussions with the aim of resolving outstanding fugitive cases.

“We believe that the strong US interest in the return of these fugitives will be best served by entering into this dialogue with Cuba.”

Since 1984, Shakur has livedin Cuba after fleeing from a New Jersey jail in 1979. She was convicted for the alleged execution-style death of trooper Werner Foerster on a New Jersey highway in 1973. She’s voiced her innocence due to a lack of physical evidence. But her legacy as a Black Panther has been tainted by a decades-long attempt to get her back to America and finish her original jail sentence.

In 2013, she became the first woman included on the FBI’s infamous ten Most Wanted List.


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