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On May 17 2006 (8 to 9 PM) in the program "A Mano Limpia" of "Canal 41" the host of the show, Oscar Haza, interviewed Jesús Marzo Fernández, a former high Cuban official and representative of Cuba at the COMECON (Consejo de Ayuda Mutua Económica - CAME) about the recent report of Forbes that Fidel Castro had an estimated fortune of 900 million dollars. This started a controversy and resulted in vehement denials from Fidel Castro who even dedicated two nights of television time one with nearly a full cabinet in attendance, to refute the allegations about his wealth and lifestyle. It seems he felt compelled to do so after the large international publicity surrounding the Forbes figures and some "annoying" revelations from a bodyguard just a month earlier about his lavish life style.
Mr. Jesús Marzo Fernández was involved in the reality testing of the estimates by Forbes.
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