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Cubans Release Fellow Prisoners

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December 16, 1999|From Times Wire Reports

Cuban detainees holding three hostages in a jail uprising in St. Martinville, La., released 26 fellow prisoners to police, officials said. As many as nine detainees armed with homemade knives were in control of the second floor of the three-story St. Martin Parish jail after overcoming a warden and two jail guards Monday. The Cubans, thought to be immigrants who had committed crimes in the United States, threatened to kill the hostages if their demands for safe passage out of the U.S. were not met. Cuban immigrants who are sentenced in the U.S. often remain in prison for years. U.S. authorities do not want to release them here and Cuba will not take them back.

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