Beyonce, Jay-Z in hot water

2013-04-07 12:46

Washington - Two US Republican lawmakers want to know if popular American pop star Beyonce and her husband, rap singer Jay-Z, had the US government's permission to travel to Cuba despite an economic embargo.

Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida on Friday sent a letter to Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department, requesting information on the type of license Beyonce and Jay-Z had received before travelling to Cuba.

"As you know, US law expressly prohibits the licensing of financial transactions for 'tourist activities' in Cuba," the pair wrote.

They went on to say that these restrictions were in place because the Cuban government was listed by the US State Department as one of four state sponsors of terrorism and has "one of the world's most egregious" human rights records.

"Cuba's tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, US dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people," Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart wrote.

Beyonce and Jay-Z created a stir on Thursday as they toured the streets of Old Havana, with hundreds of Cubans turning out to catch a glimpse of the US power couple.

Celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary, they visited historical landmarks in the heart of Old Havana, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. They snapped pictures and spoke with local residents.

Beyonce - who sang the US national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January and performed in the Super Bowl half-time show in February - was wearing a short mustard yellow dress with black and white accents.

After visiting the cathedral, the couple had lunch in a nearby restaurant.

On Wednesday night, they also had dinner at La Guarida, one of Havana's most exclusive restaurants.

Americans are not allowed to visit Cuba and spend money there unless they have special US government permission.


  • Abel-Goitsemang 'Tsitsi' Mogotsi - 2013-04-07 13:51

    You need a license to visit a neighbouring country?? American liberties!!

  • Stephen Michaels - 2013-04-07 14:06

    Only Republicans will question this bcse this is something dating 1959 prohibiting US 2 visit Cuba as tourists....but JayZ n wife dont give a hoot bcse they can...Yes they can!

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-04-07 14:44

    ignorant illuminati king and queen

  • Simphiwe ThuSick Tladi - 2013-04-07 15:16

    That means the SA gvt also funds this,because they pay millions to train doctors in Cuba

  • Sarah - 2013-04-07 15:31

    Stop hating Cuba

  • KReddy - 2013-04-07 15:41

    The illuminati proposed that science and religion can coexist but where demonised by the Church. I'm not an atheist or illuminati fanboy, but please do some research first before making wild ill informed comments

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-04-07 15:54

    Problem with America is Cuba is sexy and cool and America is not anymore!

  • Jettro Mkhonto - 2013-04-07 16:33

    Wonder if Cubans are also restricted to spend their money in the US,?

      Sheilan Clarke - 2013-04-08 12:24

      It's kinda difficult for Cubans to leave Cuba.

  • Thabang Bonang - 2013-04-08 10:52

    Eish! I thought they were showing pictures of them in hot water :-(

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