Granddaughter of Castro joins mother in Atlanta

January 01, 1994|By Knight-Ridder News Service

MIAMI -- Fidel Castro's 16-year-old granddaughter arrived in the United States yesterday, closing the chapter on the most embarrassing defection of the Castro regime to date.

Alina Maria Salgado Fernandez, a dance student, arrived in Miami about noon in a commercial flight out of Havana but was quickly whisked off in a van, accompanied by police. She was flown to Georgia to join her mother, Alina Fernandez Revuelta, who left Cuba last week posing as a Spanish tourist.

Ms. Fernandez appeared at a news conference at the U.S. Immigration offices in Atlanta yesterday. Her daughter did not. "I am very happy I could be reunited with my daughter," she said.

Passengers aboard the same flight said they didn't realize Mr. Castro's granddaughter was on board until they asked about the delay in take-off -- and about the CBS camera crew on board.

Miss Salgado Fernandez was accompanied by her father, ballet dancer Francisco Salgado.

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