Juanita Castro, Fidel's Sister, Will Not Attend Funeral
Juanita Castro, sister of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, signs her book "Fidel and Raul, My Brothers, the Secret History", during an interview with Reuters in Miami, Florida October 27, 2009. Using the code name Donna, the younger sister of Fidel and Raul Castro worked undercover for the CIA in Cuba in the early 1960s, helping opponents of their communist rule escape execution and imprisonment, she said in memoirs published in exile on Monday. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Miami: Juanita Castro, a sister of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro who has lived in Miami for decades, will not attend his funeral, local media has reported.
"Given unhealthy rumours that I was headed to Cuba for the funeral, I want to state clearly that I have never returned to the island, and I don't plan to do so," Castro told El Nuevo Herald yesterday.
"I'm not rejoicing in any human being's death, nor would I do that with someone who shares my family names," she went on.
"As Fidel's sister, I am going through the loss of a human being who shared my blood."
President Raul Castro, Fidel's 85-year-old younger brother, made the announcement of Fidel's death on state television around midnight Friday.
Fidel and Cuban President Raul Castro were among their parents' seven offspring. Juanita, born in 1933, was the only one to publicly oppose the Communist regime her brother led for over five decades.
She has been living in Miami since 1964, and said she cooperated with a CIA plot to oust Fidel.