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The World : Cuba Warns Private Pilots

June 25, 1989

Cuba's military said it will shoot down private planes violating Cuban airspace on grounds they probably are engaged in drug smuggling. "We will be obliged to shoot, however disagreeable it might be, at whatever aircraft . . . refuses to obey orders to land for inspection," according to a report published in Granma, the Communist Party daily. The armed forces also announced that a 47-member military honor tribunal will convene today in the case of two generals and five other officers accused of having links with a Colombian cocaine cartel. Last week, Granma published a report of a drug scandal that led to the arrests of the seven, including Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, one of Cuba's most decorated combat veterans.

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