Cuba’s Defence Minister Passes On

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News Americas, HAVANA, Cuba, Mon. Sept. 5, 2011: Cuba’s defence minister has passed away at the age of 75.

Julio Casas Regueiro, a veteran of the revolution, reportedly died of of cardiac arrest on Saturday. State television in Cuba has declared three days of mourning for Casas Regueiro, who became defense minister in 2008.

Casas Regueiro was an accountant who fought under Raul Castro’s command against Fulgencio Batista, who was ousted in January 1959. He served directly under Raul Castro’s command in the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains.

Later he rose to prominence as head of the financial and economic operations of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces.