Retroactive Punishment: US Citizen Fined 6.500 Dollars for 1998 Trip to Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 9 (ACN) – New Yorker Sachary Sanders was imposed a 6.500-dollar-fine for a trip he made to Cuba 14 years ago, under US treasury regulations in tune with Washington’s 50 years’ blockade of the island.
Sanders, who is now 38, was 23 when he travelled to the island from Mexico where he was living and working as an English teacher, NBC reported.
After leaving the island, where he travelled without a U.S. license in 1998, Sanders returned to the US through the Bahamas and a customs officer seized an undeclared box of Cuban cigars from his luggage. This was the beginning of a process that that ended up with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposing the fine.
As part of the over-50-year U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade of Cuba, U.S. citizens are banned from freely traveling to Cuba if they are not granted a license by the Treasury.