Millionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein, accused of organizing a child trafficking and sexual abuse network that would involve members of the international elite, traveled to Cuba invited by Fidel Castro.
Former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana revealed the fact on his Twitter account, acknowledging that they made the trip together.
“Amid journalistic revelations about horrifying and reprehensible sex scandals of financier Jeffrey Epstein, a trip of mine on his plane to Nassau, Bahamas has appeared, to transfer to the final destination of Havana, Cuba, invited by President Fidel Castro,” he said.
According to published records, Pastrana made two flights on Epstein’s private plane—when he was no longer president of Colombia—one on March 20 2003 from New Jersey’s Teterboro airport to Palm Beach International Airport, and another the next day from Palm Beach to Nassau International Airport in the Bahamas.
The list also states that on March 23, 2003, Epstein flew back from Nassau to Palm Beach, along with two of his alleged “suppliers” of girls, his then girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, and Jean-Luc Brunel, a modeling agent who has been heavily questioned for his drug addiction and accused of rape and abuse by several women, BLes reported.
“Mr. Jeffrey Epstein left Cuba a day or two later; I stayed on the island,” the Colombian politician continued in his statement, explaining that he met Epstein in Ireland at an Academy of Achievements’ summit attended by figures such as Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bono, and Jeremy Irons.
He also said in his statement that he had never been on Epstein’s “now infamous” private island in the Caribbean off the coast of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where the millionaire is believed to have taken famous guests who allegedly had sex with minors.
It should be noted that Epstein’s trip to Cuba does not appear in the records provided by the magnate’s pilots, nor in those obtained by the press, which suggests that it could have been hidden by the prohibition that existed at that time to travel to the island for tourism.
“It was probably unlawful travel,” attorney Robert Muse, an expert on the U.S. embargo against Cuba, told the Miami Herald. “At that time, there were very few categories of authorized trips, and it is not clear that he would have qualified under one of them.”
Pastrana and Fidel
Pastrana had a close relationship with Castro, who became involved in the peace process in Colombia during negotiations between the government and the National Liberation Army (ELN).
After Fidel’s death in 2016, relations cooled to the point that in March 2018, his brother and successor, Raúl Castro, expelled him from the island when he tried to enter to collect the Oswaldo Payá Award, named after the well-known Cuban dissident, the Miami Herald reported.
New York’s chief medical examiner reported that the convicted pedophile died of suicide by hanging on Aug. 10, in his maximum security cell in Lower Manhattan, where he was held awaiting prosecution for the sexual abuse and exploitation of dozens of girls.
“Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons said.
The death occurred shortly after more than 2,000 pages of documents related to testimony given by one of his alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, were published during a trial in which she sued Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend.
Giuffre alleged that the deceased sexually abused dozens of girls, and listed several names of personalities allegedly involved in Epstein’s alleged pedophile extortion ring, including a Nobel laureate, a U.S. senator, “foreign presidents,” a “well-known” prime minister, and “other world leaders.”
The cause of death has not yet been determined
A few days ago, New York coroner Barbara Sampson said the cause of death is listed as “pending,” according to The Washington Post.
The inspection of the body showed multiple breaks in the neck, which “while possible during instances of suicidal hanging is more commonly found in homicide victims of strangulation,” argued the experts, according to the capital’s newspaper.
Attorney General William P. Barr announced that the case does not end here, and that from now on the focus will shift to the possible co-conspirators of the millionaire. “That case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” he said, according to El País.
“This case was important to the victims who had the courage to come forward, and deserve the opportunity to confront the accused in the courtroom. I was appalled, and indeed, the whole department was—and frankly, angry—to learn of MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said, according to VOA News.
“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” the official concluded.
Both the Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation to shed light on the “irregularities” in Epstein’s death and purge responsibility.