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Cuba hands over first US fugitive since diplomatic thaw

Days before the first anniversary of the US-Cuba rapprochement brokered by presidents Barack Obama (R) and Raul Castro (L), seen at the UN in September 2015, Cuba has handed over a fugitive from US justice -- the first such rendition since the thawCuba has handed over a fugitive wanted by the United States in the first such move since a diplomatic thaw between the former Cold War foes, officials said. Shawn Wegmann fled to Cuba by boat and was detained by authorities there on October 31, who subsequently notified their US counterparts. “Wegmann is the first fugitive who has been returned to the United States by the Cuban government after fleeing to Cuba since diplomatic relations began nearly a year ago,” US Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. said in a statement.

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