Cuba Politics

Sheila Stumph gets letter from OFAC about trip to Cuba

Posted February 15, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Associated Press

A Raleigh North Carolina woman trying to see detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base has received a questionnaire from the federal government about the trip.

Sheila Stumph was one of ten protesters who got the letter last month from the U.S. Treasury Department. She and her husband were among 24 protesters who flew to Cuba in December and tried to visit the detainees.

The protesters were stopped at the gate of the base, but stayed there. They camped and fasted for four days.

The protesters could be charged with violating the travel ban to Cuba, which carries a maximum ten-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Stumph says the group went to Cuba to declare its opposition to torture and illegal detainment, and to visit the prisoners in a work of mercy in the Catholic tradition.

About 490 terrorism suspects are at the base, where suspects have been detained since January 2002.

Stumph’s husband didn’t get a letter.

Member Comments

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