Pedro Alvarez, the former head of Cuba’s food importing agency Alimport, is reported to be in the United States. The Economist reported November 11 that he had been arrested in September and was being questioned. Today’s reports offer no details or proof and all stem from one blogger’s claim that an anonymous source told him Alvarez has reached U.S. territory. We’ll see; by tomorrow I’m sure Miami media will have dug up more.
Alvarez is known to virtually every American who visited Cuba in recent years with even the slightest interest in agricultural sales. Given the number of those contacts and the number of political figures connected to them – and given the chilly state of bilateral relations – one would have to say he is a prominent figure in recent U.S.-Cuba relations even though he did not work in the foreign ministry.
Alvarez lost his wife last November in the AeroCaribbean crash in Sancti Spiritus.