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August 4, 1987 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Of all the places to interview Ricardo Bofill, a dissident who confronts the government of Cuba on human rights abuses, his apartment on the outskirts of Havana might seem the least likely. The apartment is one floor above the residence of the local representative of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, the Cuban government's grass-roots vigilance network.
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October 5, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Cuba's best-known blogger was arrested Thursday to keep her from covering a sensitive criminal trial involving the death of a famous dissident. But then the world noticed. News agencies blogged about the details of the arrest. Human rights groups condemned it. By Friday, the blogger, Yoani Sanchez, was back on the streets. So it goes in the Caribbean nation headed by Fidel Castro's younger brother, Raul, whose government has released dozens of long-term political dissidents in the last few years - but also has detained government critics and troublemakers for brief periods in an apparent effort to thwart negative news coverage and stifle public criticism.
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March 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuban security forces released some of the scores of activists detained during the sedition trial of four well-known dissidents. Cuba accused the four dissidents of promoting aggressive U.S. policies toward their homeland. A verdict is pending after Monday's trial, which has focused international attention on Cuba's human rights policies. The tribunal has until March 17 to issue a decision.
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January 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 20, 1992 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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February 27, 1999 | Reuters
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.
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March 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
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January 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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May 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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May 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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December 9, 1999 | From Associated Press
A federal jury acquitted five Cuban exiles Wednesday of charges that they plotted to assassinate Fidel Castro. The jury of eight women and four men delivered its verdict midway into its second day of deliberations. One juror said prosecutors failed to prove their allegation that the defendants conspired to kill Castro during a 1997 summit on Venezuela's Isla Margarita.
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March 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuban security forces released some of the scores of activists detained during the sedition trial of four well-known dissidents. Cuba accused the four dissidents of promoting aggressive U.S. policies toward their homeland. A verdict is pending after Monday's trial, which has focused international attention on Cuba's human rights policies. The tribunal has until March 17 to issue a decision.
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February 28, 1999 | Reuters
Cuban authorities have arrested up to a dozen people in order to prevent trouble at the upcoming trial of the island's best-known jailed political activists, dissident groups said Saturday. A trial on sedition charges is set to begin Monday for four prominent dissident leaders whose 19-month imprisonment has been a focus of foreign pressure on the Cuban government.
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February 27, 1999 | Reuters
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.
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May 21, 1997 | Reuters
A member of one of Cuba's small and illegal dissident groups has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for contempt of the authorities and resisting the authorities, a dissident colleague said Tuesday. Ana Maria Agramonte was condemned at a trial last week and was in a jail in Havana, said Odilia Collazo of the Human Rights Party.
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June 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cuba's state prosecutor is seeking prison terms of up to 12 years for a group of political dissidents accused of conspiracy and rebellion against the country's Communist government, the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina said. A court in Havana reportedly heard evidence against seven members of the Democratic Integration Movement who were arrested at the end of 1989.
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February 17, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after two small aircraft were shot down over the Straits of Florida by Cuban MIGs, the leader of the anti-Castro group that piloted the planes has compiled what he says is evidence that Clinton administration officials were criminally negligent in failing to stop the attack. Four people died in the incident, which led to a tightening of the U.S. trade embargo of the communist island and remains an emotional flash point for many Cuban exiles who oppose the regime of Fidel Castro.
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July 12, 1998 | From Associated Press
A Cuban exile admitted to a series of bombings and assassination attempts aimed at deposing President Fidel Castro and says his activities were financed by influential Cuban American leaders, a published report says today. Luis Posada Carriles, in a series of interviews with the New York Times, said he organized a series of bombings in Cuba last year at hotels, discos and restaurants, killing an Italian tourist in September.
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