Washington, July 23 (Prensa Latina) A federal grand jury charged the author of the April 30 attack on the Cuban Embassy in the United States with multiple crimes, a fact on which the U.S. government remains silent until today.
A press release from the District of Columbia Prosecutor’s Office indicated that Alexander Alazo, with addresses in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and Aubrey, Texas, and who was arrested the same day of the event, faces charges of violent attack against a foreign or local official with the use of a deadly weapon.
The Cuban-born man was also charged with willfully injuring or damaging property owned or occupied by a foreign government in the United States; and for interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony.
In addition to those three federal crimes for which he was charged in a criminal complaint, the grand jury added an additional charge for using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
The note recalled that last May 1, Judge G. Michael Harvey detained Alazo without bail pending trial, and specified that the accusations against him stem from an incident in which Alazo fired approximately 32 rounds of an assault weapon at the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., a building that was occupied at the time of the incident.
If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years in prison on the charge of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Meanwhile, violent assault on a foreign or local official with the use of a deadly weapon, and intentional wounding or damaging of property of a foreign government carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and no more than three years of supervised release, the text detailed.
Interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, a similar fine as above, and not more than one year of supervised release.
The government of Cuba has repeatedly denounced the lack of an official communication by Donald Trump’s executive on the attack on the diplomatic legation, an aggression that has been condemned by numerous voices within the United States and internationally.
On July 9, the president of the Caribbean country, Miguel Díaz-Canel, criticized on Twitter the complicit silence of the United States which ‘protects terrorism, promotes hatred, supports impunity, in short, attacks and insults our people’.
Likewise, in a letter sent at the end of May to the president of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the alternate permanent representative of Cuba to the organization, Ana Silvia Rodríguez, maintained that the attack was a direct result of the hostile policy of the US government against the largest of the Antilles.
(Taken from PL)