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January 26, 1991
Jose Abrantes, the former Cuban interior minister who was serving a 20-year prison sentence for negligence and misuse of government funds. Abrantes was jailed along with six of his aides after a drug-trafficking scandal that rocked Cuba in the summer of 1989. He was convicted of abuse of authority, negligence in his duties and improper use of government funds. He was stripped of his rank of general. The purge of the interior ministry followed the execution of Angola war hero Gen.
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January 26, 1991
Jose Abrantes, the former Cuban interior minister who was serving a 20-year prison sentence for negligence and misuse of government funds. Abrantes was jailed along with six of his aides after a drug-trafficking scandal that rocked Cuba in the summer of 1989. He was convicted of abuse of authority, negligence in his duties and improper use of government funds. He was stripped of his rank of general. The purge of the interior ministry followed the execution of Angola war hero Gen.
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July 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Cuban court-martial formally indicted 15 high-ranking military officers on charges of high treason and trafficking in cocaine, diamonds and ivory, Cuba's official media said Saturday. The 15, including former Interior Minister Jose Abrantes and war hero Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, were stripped of their rank and expelled from the Communist Party last week.
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July 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Cuban court-martial formally indicted 15 high-ranking military officers on charges of high treason and trafficking in cocaine, diamonds and ivory, Cuba's official media said Saturday. The 15, including former Interior Minister Jose Abrantes and war hero Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, were stripped of their rank and expelled from the Communist Party last week.
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June 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Cuba's interior minister, the Cabinet officer in charge of domestic law enforcement, was fired Thursday as that nation's drug purge continued, but the crackdown has failed to touch other leaders who U.S. officials say are involved in trafficking. The minister, Gen. Jose Abrantes, was replaced to allow an investigation to proceed into how a group of officers "conducted drug trafficking operations . . . with impunity and without being dis covered," a communique issued in Havana said.
NEWS
August 1, 1989
Cuba's high-level drug trafficking and corruption scandal widened to include the arrests of five more officials, including former Interior Minister Jose Abrantes Fernandez, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. The front-page announcement also reported that five brigadier generals have been demoted to the rank of colonel and retired as part of a thorough investigation and shake-up at the Ministry of the Interior.
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August 1, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Cuba's high-level drug trafficking and corruption scandal widened to include the arrests of five more officials, including former Interior Minister Jose Abrantes Fernandez, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Monday. The front-page announcement also reported that five brigadier generals have been demoted to the rank of colonel and retired as part of a thorough investigation and shake-up at the Ministry of the Interior.
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June 29, 1989 | From Reuters
Cuba's interior minister, Gen. Jose Abrantes, has been fired for "great deficiency" in this Communist nation's first drug trafficking scandal, the official newspaper Granma said today. It said in a front-page announcement signed by President Fidel Castro that the Communist Party Politburo decided to name Gen. Abelardo Colome Ibarra as new interior minister, a job diplomats say ranks third in Cuba's power structure. Abrantes, a well-known figure and long-time associate of Castro and his younger brother, Raul, became the first high-level government casualty in the scandal involving top Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, a hero of the Cuban revolution.
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July 5, 1989 | ROGER MIRANDA and WILLIAM RATLIFF, Roger Miranda was chief of Nicaragua's Defense Ministry secretariat from 1982 to 1987. William Ratliff is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
After more than 30 years, Fidel Castro's decrepit regime in Cuba is coming unglued. Perestroika is flexing its muscles in Havana despite Castro's efforts to keep the revolution in a straitjacket. The thrust toward change is so strong that a purge has been necessary just to delay what is inevitable. This seems to be the real point of the Stalinist show trial that ended last week with Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez facing a possible death sentence for "treason."
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July 8, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A highly decorated three-star general who fought alongside Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution 30 years ago was sentenced to death Friday along with three other officers in a drug- smuggling and corruption scandal. After deliberating for two days, a military tribunal also sentenced 10 others, all army and state security officers, to long prison terms, the state news agency AIN reported. Sentenced to death were Gen.
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June 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Cuba's interior minister, the Cabinet officer in charge of domestic law enforcement, was fired Thursday as that nation's drug purge continued, but the crackdown has failed to touch other leaders who U.S. officials say are involved in trafficking. The minister, Gen. Jose Abrantes, was replaced to allow an investigation to proceed into how a group of officers "conducted drug trafficking operations . . . with impunity and without being dis covered," a communique issued in Havana said.
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