Unlike Cuba, the U.S. is a country of laws where those who do wrong must compensate their victims for the harm they suffer. A judge awarded a judgment in the case of Ana Margarita Martinez vs. the Republic of Cuba and ordered the defendant to pay compensatory damages for the harm done by Cuba's agent, Juan Pablo Roque. The U.S. judgment states that Martinez is entitled to these damages, yet the DOJ intervened on behalf of the Cuban government, derailing her attempt to attain justice.
The 2001 judgment states: “Spy actions at the behest of the Cuban Government constituted a sexual battery on Ana Margarita Martinez.”
And the testimony of Congressman Peter Deutsch includes this statement: “Cuba is a terrorist state and the action ordered by them against Ana Margarita was torture.”
Cuba does not recognize basic human rights. It does not recognize our courts. Hence, while the Cuban Government hid from the recent Federal Proceedings, the United States intervened and did their bidding claiming that garnishing the accounts of the charter companies that fly to Cuba would interfere with flights to Cuba and with U.S.-Cuba relations.
“It is naive and ludicrous to believe that the Cuban Government would forego hundreds of millions of dollars that bolster their economy and finance their stranglehold over the Cuban population for the amount of my judgment” adds Martinez.
The United States’ strength since its founding has been its role as the world’s frontrunner in the protection of individual rights. It is inconceivable that our leaders have made such a historical policy shift to the detriment of a violated woman.
The U.S. government’s primary responsibility should be to its citizens. However, the Obama Administration has taken a position that the rights of a U.S. citizen should be subjugated to placate a brutal dictatorship.
For more information, call (305) 431-0300 or visit www.anamargaritamartinez.com.
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Ana Margarita Martinez was a Cuban-American working mother and wife in suburbia when her entire world crashed in 1996 after her husband turned up in Cuba just two days after Cuban MiG’s shot down two U.S. civilian planes killing four volunteer pilots and co-pilots in a Brothers to the Rescue search and rescue mission – an organization of which her then husband, a Cuban MiG pilot who had reportedly defected from Cuba, had been a member. Juan Pablo Roque’s marriage to her had been part of his cover – and a sham, making Ana Margarita and her children a part of the machiavellic espionage plan. She was suddenly thrust into the public limelight and consequently became active in the Cuban pro-democracy cause and politics.
Three years after Roque returned to Cuba, Ana Margarita – who had by then annulled her marriage to the Cuban spy in a civil court of law – won two judgments against the Cuban government for the rogue government’s role in the fraud. The debt is still unpaid.
In February of 2010, lawyers for Ana Margarita filed motions to garnish eight charter companies that do business with the Cuban government in order to collect the legal debt ordered by a circuit court judge. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in court in defense of the Cuban government.
On February 24, 1996, worldwide media reported on the shoot-down of two U.S. civilian aircraft by Cuban warplanes over the Straits of Florida. Two volunteer pilots and two volunteers "spotters" with Brothers to the Rescue — a group that searched the seas for Cuban rafters in trouble — were killed without warning or reason. I was one of thousands of Cuban Americans who wept for them.
Two days later, I was yanked from my suburban life and found myself at the center of an international incident involving espionage, murder and betrayal when my then husband, a member of the pilots' group, appeared in Cuba and was discovered as a spy. In one instant, my entire life as I knew it crumbled. But I could never have imagined then how many more innocent lives would be affected.
Parts of my story have been told over and over. In the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, the London Guardian. On CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Univision, Telemundo and CBS, among other networks and publications. It’s been covered by international news services such as Associated Press, Reuters, the BBC, France Presse and EFE.
But this is the first time you get the entire story, straight from me – even as more chapters are written in the continuing fallout.
Today, I remain in a struggle against the Cuban regime — the government that planted a spy in my home as my husband and lover and as my children's stepfather — to collect a judgment made in my favor almost 10 years ago. I fight a slanderous attack on my name and reputation by people who profit from the separation of families and share those profits with the Cuban government. I fight for all of us so that Cuba and, indeed, any foreign government realizes that it cannot play with the lives of the people in this great country.
Come. Learn the truth. Ask questions. But know one thing: My story could have been anyone’s story.
It could have been yours . . .