Cuban Pilots Charged With Murder

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Two Cuban fighter pilots and a Cuban general were indicted for murder last Thursday by federal prosecutors in Miami, Fla., for shooting down two Brothers to the Rescue airplanes in 1996. The two civilian airplanes were shot down over international waters by Cuban MiGs, killing all four men on board. However, the indicted men cannot be tried in absentia, and there is no practical way to extradite or arrest them. Gen. Ruben Martinez Puente, who was head of the Cuban air force at the time, and pilots Lorenzo Alberto Perez-Perez and Francisco Perez-Perez are named in the indictment.