Cuba to free 3 prisoners not in church deal of 52

October 10, 2010 04:18


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 Cuba will release into exile in Spain a lawyer jailed for allegedly revealing state security secrets and two hijackers, none of whom were on a list of 52 political prisoners the government has agreed to free in a deal with the Roman Catholic Church.

The church said Saturday that Rolando Jimenez Posada, an attorney considered by Amnesty International to be a "prisoner of conscience," has agreed to accept early release from prison in exchange for leaving Cuba with his family.

Two other inmates, Ciro Perez Santana and Arturo Suarez Ramos, will also be freed and sent to Spain with their relatives. Both were held for "piracy," which translates to hijacking an airliner or a ferry in an attempt to flee to the U.S.

Perez Santana was arrested in 1994 and had been serving a 20-year sentence, while Suarez Ramos was arrested in 1987 and got a 30-year sentence.

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