Home > News > World
Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 5:40:02 AM
Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 5:41:03 AM
MIAMI (Reuters) - Huber Matos, a former Cuban revolutionary who fought alongside Fidel Castro, but later turned against him and was jailed before going into exile, died in Miami early Thursday aged 95.
The cause of death was a "massive heart attack," according to a statement released by the family.
The day before he died Matos spoke to supporters in Cuba, the statement said, adding that his last words were: "The struggle continues, long live a free Cuba."
Matos supported the Castro revolution against Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s, flying weapons to Cuba from Costa Rica before joining Castro's Rebel Army in the Sierra Maestra mountains.
After Batista fled the island, Matos rode into Havana on a tank at Castro's side in January 1959. He was later named army commander in the province of Camaguey, but soon resigned in protest over Castro's communist tilt.
Matos was arrested and tried for treason in December 1959. Sentenced to 20 years in jail, he was released in 1979 and returned to Costa Rica to join his wife and children, before moving to Miami.
He was active politically in the anti-Castro movement in Miami, serving as secretary general of a political party, Cuba Independiente y Democratica (CID).
He requested to be buried in Costa Rica, but also asked to have his remains reburied alongside his parents in his Cuban hometown of Yara, when "Cuba is free," the family said.
(Reporting by David Adams. Editing by Andre Grenon)
NATO rejects Russia explanation on Turkish air space
Arpad Goncz, Hungary's first post-Communist president, dies at 93
Congo to hold referendum on third presidential term
Russia is not and will not launch infantry operations in Syria, says senior lawmaker
Nobel prize for solving puzzle of ghostly neutrino particles
Erdogan warns Russia not to destroy friendship with Turkey after incursions
Tweets published from mobile sources are more negative and egocentric
Resort in Lumut makes for a great weekend getaway
Multinational company presents award to best student in Utar’s chemistry faculty
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)