Cuba frees political prisoner, another imminent

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February 5, 2011 03:08

 
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HAVANA — Cuba freed a prominent political prisoner Friday and the Roman Catholic Church said another would be released soon and allowed to stay in the country, a strong indication a long impasse over the fate of the last dissidents still jailed in a 2003 crackdown may be coming to an end.

The two men — Angel Moya and Guido Sigler — had refused a government deal to go into exile and insisted on staying in Cuba, along with nine other dissidents who remain in Cuban jails nearly seven months after the government agreed in principal to free them.

Under the agreement announced Friday, Moya will stay in Cuba while Sigler "has indicated a desire to go to the United States," church spokesman Orlando Marquez said in a statement.

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