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The senior Cuban military officer and president of one of the largest state business conglomerates on the island, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, died this Friday of cardiorespiratory arrest, official media reported.

López-Calleja, born in 1960, was the former son-in-law of Raúl Castro, division general, advisor to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, member of the political bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, only legal) and executive president of the Business Administration Group (Gaesa) of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR).

Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja was one of the most powerful men in Cuba and was sanctioned by the United States government. He was the son-in-law of Raúl Castro and was the father of two of his grandchildren: Raúl Rodríguez, alias El Cangrejo and Vilmita.

In addition, he led the GAESA conglomerate, the military company that controls more than 70% of the economy.

On September 30, 2020, the US government included López-Calleja on the list of people blocked by its Treasury Department (SDN), a sanction that entails the freezing of the general’s assets that were under the jurisdiction of the northern country, if there were, and the visa ban to travel to the United States.

As executive president of GAESA, López-Calleja controlled about 60 companies and their offshoots, and between 50 and 80 percent of business revenues in Cuba. The military consortium owns restaurant networks, vehicle fleets, electronic component companies, imports and exports, suppliers, hotel and real estate chains.

Among all these businesses, the Gaviota group stands out, which manages the most profitable hotels in Cuba and whose turnover leaves GAESA, according to estimates, around 700 million dollars a year.

The deceased would have been accused by Ambassador Roger Noriega, who assured US congressmen that who coordinated the international cocaine traffic through the Venezuelan port of La Guaira is nothing less than the Brigadier General and president of the military group- Cuban business GAESA, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas.

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