Bacardi indictment draws top Republican into donation row

Bacardi indictment draws top Republican into donation row
By Adrian Gatton
The Independent on Sunday
26 September 2004

Bacardi has been indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of making an illegal $20,000 (£13,600) payment to a Republican political group whose founder lobbied against rival Cuban rum brand Havana Club.

The charge against the rum giant is the latest twist in the decade-long “rum war” between the exiled anti-Castro rum dynasty and communist Cuba. At stake is control of the US trademark for Bacardi’s arch rival, Cuban-distilled Havana Club, currently owned by Cubaexport – a joint venture of Cuba and French drinks giant Pernod Ricard …

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