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Spy's Ex-Wife to Benefit From Plane's Sale

January 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A biplane that carried eight defectors from Cuba was to be auctioned off today to help pay a $27.1-million judgment for the ex-wife of a spy for Fidel Castro's government. The defectors flew the government crop-dusting plane to Key West on Nov. 11 and were released from U.S. immigration custody four days later.

Cuba has demanded the return of the plane and those who took it. But a Florida judge ordered the plane sold to partially pay the judgment awarded to Ana Margarita Martinez. She had unwittingly married a Cuban spy.

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