Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, today sent a letter to President Trump respectfully requesting that he direct Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate Raúl Castro for his role in the deadly 1996 shoot down of three American citizens and a permanent resident. DeSantis is joined in this effort by Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Maria Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Bill Posey (FL-08), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), and Ted Yoho (FL-03).
Read the full letter here.
“Armando Alejandre Jr. Mario de la Peña. Carlos Costa. Pablo Morales. 22 years ago, these humanitarian workers were murdered by the Castro regime and for 22 years their families have sought justice,” DeSantis said. “Failing to hold Raúl Castro accountable for his role in the premeditated murder of these brave men only serves as a message to our enemies that their crimes will go unchallenged.”
“Thankfully, the Obama apology tour is over and President Donald Trump has demonstrated a resolve to restore justice to the Cuban people. Today, we urge the Trump Administration to indict Raúl Castro for his role in this heinous attack and to make clear that the Castro crime syndicate is not immune from consequence.”
Last month, DeSantis held a National Security Subcommittee hearing examining the murders, which occurred on February 24, 1996, when the humanitarian organization Hermanos al Rescate (Brothers to the Rescue) launched a search and rescue mission for refugees fleeing the oppressive Castro regime. Two Cuban MiGs pursued and destroyed two small rescue planes in international waters, killing all onboard. Fidel Castro publicly acknowledged this was a premeditated attack planned and executed by the Castro brothers.