U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding Joanne Chesimard, a convicted felon who killed a New Jersey State Trooper and fled to Cuba, being named today as a Most Wanted Terrorist by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and New Jersey authorities adding more reward money, for a total of $2 million, for information leading to her capture.
"According to authorities, Chesimard has been living in Cuba since 1984 and has found a safe haven in the hands of the Castro tyranny. In 1977, Chesimard was convicted for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and escaped law enforcement authorities in 1979 and later fled to Cuba.
"While the Cuban people continue to suffer under this tyrannical regime, fugitives and terrorists are held in esteem honor and celebrated by the Castro brothers. Chesimard joins the likes of members affiliated with terrorist organizations such as the FARC and the ETA, which see Cuba as a sanctuary, to hide and escape from justice. Once again, this latest action by U.S. authorities naming Chesimard as a Most Wanted Terrorist is another reaffirmation that the Castro regime facilitates and supports terrorism and undermines U.S. interests consistently. This convicted murderer, as well as many others, are welcomed with open arms by the Castro regime that disregards due process and an independent judicial system.
"I would like to commend the FBI for naming Joanne Chesimard a Most Wanted Terrorist, first woman ever to make this notorious list. In addition, I would like to applaud the New Jersey state authorities for adding additional reward money for information leading to the capture and arrest of Chesimard bringing the total reward to $2 million."