Florida lawmakers Marco Rubio and Mario Diaz-Balart have penned a letter calling on President Donald Trump to seek an investigation that would indict Raul Castro on a 1996 incident where two Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down.
Both lawmakers wrote a letter explaining that “We urge you to direct the Department of Justice to review whether Raúl Castro should be indicted for the illegal and heinous act of shooting down in international waters two American civilian aircraft flown by Brothers to the Rescue on February 24, 1996. The Cuban operative ultimately responsible, then-Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Raúl Castro, was never indicted.”
As a result, Cubans exiles were furious. At the time, President Clinton was seeking a rapprochement, but he reversed course after news of the incident made headlines. He also signed into law the Helms-Burton Act, which was drafter by Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
President Trump has been heavily critical of the Castro regime and of Raul Castro, who recently stepped down as Cuba’s dictator.
The legislators calling for the investigation also called for President Trump to direct appropriate agencies to determine if Interpol “red notices” should be issued with the goal of arresting and extraditing “all Cuban operatives responsible for the murders.”