PARIS (AP) -- The Paris prosecutor's office threw out three complaints
filed against Cuban leader Fidel Castro for crimes against humanity and drug
trafficking, judicial sources said Wednesday.
French photographer Pierre Golendorf, who spent 21/2-years in a Cuban
jail, and Cuban artist Lazaro Jordana, jailed four years for illegally leaving
the country, filed two of the complaints last month.
Both men accuse Castro of crimes against humanity, including torture and
A third complaint, for drug trafficking, was filed by Ileana de la Guardia,
exiled daughter of Cuban Col. Antonio de la Guardia, who was convicted
and executed in 1989 along with three other officials for allegedly smuggling
De la Guardia said earlier this year that Cuban drug trafficking "was a
of state, organized by the highest echelons of power in the country. ...It's
impossible that Fidel Castro was unaware of this."
The prosecutor's office rejected the complaints in part on the grounds
they went beyond its authority, said the sources, speaking on condition of
The prosecutor ruled that he was not competent to handle the matter
because, in France, the notion of "crimes against humanity" is reserved only
to World War II crimes as defined by the Nuremberg Tribunal, the sources
In the drug case, the prosecutor ruled that the complaint did not hold
because Ileana de la Guardia could not show that she was hurt by the drug
Investigations, however, could still move forward if the magistrate in
rejects the prosecutor's opinion.
In November, a Spanish court rejected petition by a Cuban exile group for
probe into allegations of genocide, terrorism and torture filed against Castro.
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