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Will Obama Demand Cuba Hand Over Fugitive Cop-Killer?

Seventy fugitives from U.S. justice are hiding in Cuba

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    Will Obama Demand Cuba Hand Over Fugitive Cop-Killer?
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    New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, was killed during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Sundiata Acoli then known as Clark Edward Squire and Joanne Chesimard were convicted of the murder of Trooper Foerster, but Chesimard escaped prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, living there under the name Assata Shakur.

    White House officials would not tell NBC News Friday whether President Obama will raise the issue of 70 fugitives from U.S. justice who are hiding in Cuba when he meets with Cuban officials.

    An official said the "United States continued to seek the return from Cuba of fugitives from U.S. justice and has repeatedly raised those cases with the Cuban government."

    Among them is convicted cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard, who fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979. She was convicted of the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

    The Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her whereabouts. Chesimard's long-time lawyer, Lennox Hinds, also did not respond to requests for comment.