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Julio Casas Regueiro dies at 75; Cuba's defense minister
Julio Casas Regueiro dies at 75; Cuba's defense minister

Gen. Julio Casas Regueiro, an accountant who fought in Cuba's revolution and then used his training to run the military's lucrative economic enterprises for two decades before becoming defense minister, has died. He was 75. Casas died Saturday in Havana of heart failure. Casas served under Raul Castro in the rebel army that ultimately pushed out the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in early 1959. Trained as an accountant, he later ran the financial operations of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces. Among the first things the younger Castro did after being elected to replace his ailing brother Fidel as president in 2008 was to name Casas defense minister, the post the new...

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