Assata Shakur, former Black Panther and first woman ever added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List, has taken up political asylum in Cuba for the last 31 years after being (unfairly) convicted for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerester. Politicians the likes of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and even Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have called for her extradition, and there’s a combined $2 million reward on her head if she ever comes back, but according to a Cuban official, she’s not going anywhere.
“I can say it is off the table,” Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Yahoo News when asked if improved relations between Cuba and the U.S. would change Cuba’s stance on the situation. Sachin even went as far as questioning whether or not Shakur even received a fair trial in the first place. “There are very serious doubts about that case,” said Machin. “We consider that a politically motivated case against that lady.”
Hip-hop’s love for Shakur, born Joanne Chesimard, runs very deep, from being Tupac’s aunt to name drops across bars from Public Enemy and others. Common put it best: