June 26, 1995 in Nation/World

Nixon’s Nephew Watched Cuban Police Arrest Vesco

Associated Press

A nephew of the late President Nixon said he watched as fugitive financier Robert Vesco was taken into custody by Cuban authorities, ABC-TV reported Sunday.

Donald Nixon is under house arrest in Cuba, trying to get back his passport, which was confiscated by Cuban officials questioning him about his ties to Vesco, ABC said.

Nixon said that on May 31, he saw six cars and 18 men arrive at Vesco’s home. “As I came downstairs, they took Vesco away,” Nixon said. “I haven’t seen him since.”

Nixon said he came to Cuba three years ago to obtain Vesco’s help to manufacture an anti-AIDS drug that has not been approved in the United States.

Nixon said he was befuddled at his arrest. He also said his interrogators have hinted that Vesco may have worn out his welcome with his latest business venture.

“Mr. Vesco’s a hard man,” Nixon said. “I think he upset somebody.”

Vesco is under indictment for a $200,000 contribution to Richard Nixon’s 1972 presidential re-election campaign. He fled to the Bahamas in 1971 to avoid a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.

Vesco, 59, settled in Cuba in 1982. In 1989, he was indicted on drug conspiracy charges.

Nixon, 46, of Tustin, Calif., told his wife in a telephone conversation Saturday that he hopes to be released soon.

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