CUBA: Immunity Ended

When Benito Remedies' roosters lost cockfights, Cubans said, he wrung the cowards' necks with his own hands. Once, when a brand-new $7,500 Cadillac refused to start, he riddled its recalcitrant carburetor with bullets.

The hot-tempered lord of an $8,000,000 sugar, tobacco and pineapple kingdom, hulking Benito Remedies, 64, was more or less a law unto himself. To make good & sure, he had for 20 years bought a seat in Congress from one party or another ("I'll pay twice as much as anyone else," was his slogan). That gave him the comfortable protection of congressional immunity from arrest for such...

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