Brothers to the Rescue heroes deserve justice, says Ros-Lehtinen

Author: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. Representative Florida District 18
Published On: Feb 24 2012 01:43:58 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 24 2012 01:47:06 PM EST
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WASHINGTON -

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Friday sent a letter to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) requesting its assistance in the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into the involvement of Fidel and Raul Castro in the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown on February 24, 1996.  The letter also calls for Red Notices (arrest warrants) to be issued for Ruben Martinez Puente, Lorenzo Perez, and Francisco Perez for their role in the murder of three Americans and one U.S. resident: Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales.

"Sixteen years ago, four brave patriots lost their lives in an unprovoked, malicious attack by the Castro regime.  Carlos, Armando, Mario, and Pablo were killed when two Cuban MIGs shot down their unarmed civilian aircraft over international waters.  The Castro brothers have admitted responsibility for the attack, and the individuals who carried out this heinous crime have been identified.  Yet, all of them remain at large in Cuba. 

"The heroes who died for the cause of freedom have not been forgotten, but unfortunately their murderers have not been punished for their crimes. Today, I am sending a letter to INTERPOL in hope that, together with the Justice Department, it will take the necessary steps to bring these criminals to justice. 

I also wish to thank and applaud the Cuban Liberty Council for its continued commitment to holding accountable those responsible for these murders."