January 20, 1992 |
Cuba announced Sunday that its highest government council has upheld the death penalty against one of three Miami-based Cuban exiles convicted of landing on the Communist-ruled island armed for a sabotage mission. The Council of State, led by President Fidel Castro, also commuted the death penalty against a second convicted man to 30 years in prison. The third man had also been condemned to death but the Supreme Court commuted his sentence Thursday to 30 years, the maximum prison term in Cuba.
June 3, 1988
Three leading members of Cuba's unofficial human rights group have received permission to emigrate to the United States and will leave Havana for Miami tonight, Enrique Hernandez Mendez, a vice president of the self-styled Cuban Human Rights Committee, said. Hernandez said that he and two other dissidents, Ramon Guin and Edmigio Lopez Castillo, will be granted refugee status in the United States.
February 27, 1999 |
Cuba plans to try in Havana on Monday the island's four best-known dissidents, whose 19-month imprisonment has been a focus of international pressure on Fidel Castro's Communist government, relatives said Friday. State security officials confirmed that the four dissidents, who were charged with sedition after openly calling for democratic changes to Cuba's one-party system, would be tried at Havana's Provincial Court, family members told Reuters. "The news made me cry.
March 16, 1999 |
In one of the most important human rights cases in Cuba in years, a court sentenced a leading dissident Monday to five years in prison and gave three co-defendants lesser terms for stirring up unrest against the government of Fidel Castro. A five-member tribunal tried Vladimiro Roca, a former military pilot and son of the late Cuban Communist Party leader Blas Roca, and three others behind closed doors the first week of March.
January 17, 2001 |
An ex-Czech finance minister and a former student leader, held in Cuba for meeting anti-Castro dissidents, will be tried for "counterrevolutionary" plotting on behalf of the United States, Havana said. Ivan Pilip, the ex-minister and now a parliamentary deputy, and Jan Bubenik, the former student leader, were arrested at the end of last week in the central province of Ciego de Avila, drawing a protest from Prague and further souring already hostile ties between the onetime socialist bloc allies.
May 13, 2000 |
Cuba unexpectedly freed one of four well-known government opponents whose prison sentences drew international protests last year. Engineer Felix Bonne, who was released three years into a four-year prison term, said he planned to continue his opposition activities and had sent a message of thanks to foreign supporters. Bonne said he believes that the other dissidents also will be released soon.