Beyonce And Jay-Z Cleared Of Charges They Violated US Sanctions With Trip To CubaBy: Val Powell - August 21, 2014
One year and four months after they took a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been cleared by the US Treasury Department of charges that they violated US sanctions on the country. On Wednesday the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General issued a report that said the superstar couple’s trip to the Communist-run country did not violate US sanctions against Cuba, which includes the ban of US citizens from traveling to the island as tourists unless the trip is under a special license.
A formal investigation into the reasons behind the visit of Beyonce and Jay-Z to Cuba was declined by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which grants special licenses to people or organizations traveling to Cuba to sponsor educational exchange programs. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General then concluded that this was “reasonable.”
The report went on to say that Beyonce and Jay-Z were licensed to visit Cuba under the “people-to-people” educational exchange program and that there was no evidence that the couple abused it. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s activities in Cuba, as reported by the media, were reviewed by federal investigators. These activities included walking tours of Havana’s neighborhoods and Cuba’s top art school as well as dinners in private homes and stops at dance clubs, where they listened to live music and danced.
The report concluded that, “All of these activities serve the US foreign policy goal of helping the Cuban people by facilitating exchanges with them and supporting the development of independent activity and civil society.”
It was in April 2013 when three Cuban-American Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, raised an outcry over Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba. They contended that the US Government was becoming lax on restrictions for travel to the Communist country.
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