Cuba Reading the Coca Leaves

A drug case ensnares top officials and raises questions about what Castro is up to

Through two days of testimony, Major General Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez sat with his head bowed, absently fingering his uniform, his downcast eyes glazed with an expression that suggested dejection or resignation. He neither smiled when the tribunal of 47 generals and admirals praised his past acts of military valor in places as far-flung as Angola and Ethiopia nor frowned when it branded him a traitor and called for his execution. When Ochoa finally rose to speak, he denied none of the charges: consorting with international drug dealers, illicitly trafficking in everything from cocaine and diamonds to ivory and sugar, shaming the...

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