Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beyonce, Jay Z Cleared of Violating Sanctions Laws in 2013 Cuba Visit

While the trip happened during the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, the report said the trip adhered to the terms of the license, which included a welcome dinner, a walking tour of various Cuban neighborhoods, and trips to see student artwork and theater performances.
“For example, one article reported the trip included a visit to a children’s theater group and several clubs, where the couple heard live music and occasionally took to the dance floor,” the report said. “According to the article, they also toured Cuba’s top art school, where they met with young artists, and ate at some of Havana’s privately run restaurants, known as ‘paladares.’ ”
But it added, “all of these activities serve the U.S. foreign policy goal of heeling the Cuban people by facilitating exchanges with them and supporting the development of independent activity and civil society.”
The couple, whose legal names are Shawn Carter and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, are reportedly preparing to divorce.
The Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General issued a nine-page report saying pop stars Beyonce and Jay Z did not violate any U.S. sanctions laws during...

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