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Politburo Official Gets 12 Years for Misconduct

IN BRIEF/CUBA

June 22, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A Communist official long held up as a model for Cuba's future leadership has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for influence-peddling, the party said.

Juan Carlos Robinson Agramonte pleaded guilty Friday during a trial in Havana, the official Granma newspaper said. Details were not released.

Agramonte, 49, was among the youngest members of the ruling Politburo until he was ousted in April. Cuban officials once hailed him as an example of the island's young black leadership.

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