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September 23, 2013
Oscar Espinosa Chepe Cuban economist fell out with Castro Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a hospital near Madrid, where he had been undergoing treatment for chronic liver disease. Espinosa was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the Black Spring, a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked international criticism and EU sanctions lasting five years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013
Oscar Espinosa Chepe Cuban economist fell out with Castro Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a hospital near Madrid, where he had been undergoing treatment for chronic liver disease. Espinosa was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the Black Spring, a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked international criticism and EU sanctions lasting five years.
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NEWS
August 10, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico's tourism secretary has resigned to face charges of embezzlement in a nearly unprecedented corruption case against a Cabinet secretary. Oscar Espinosa Villarreal's attorney, Alonso Aguilar Zinser, announced the resignation late Tuesday, hours after the Mexico City prosecutor's office said it could not prosecute Espinosa until he stepped down from his federal post.
WORLD
November 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba released three imprisoned dissidents -- Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Margarito Broche and Marcelo Lopez -- for medical reasons. Broche, who suffered a heart attack in August and has trouble walking because of back pain, said international pressure, mainly from Europe, was crucial in securing his freedom. The three were among 75 opponents of President Fidel Castro arrested in a March 2003 crackdown, charged with treason and sentenced to up to 28 years in prison.
WORLD
June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge sentenced a former Mexico City mayor and tourism secretary to a 7 1/2 -year prison term for embezzling government funds, but appeals could keep him out of prison. Oscar Espinosa Villarreal served as mayor from 1994 to 1998 and was tourism secretary under President Ernesto Zedillo. He fled to Nicaragua and applied for asylum amid charges that he stole $45 million from city coffers. He was extradited to Mexico in August 2001. He also was ordered to pay more than $26 million in
TRAVEL
June 6, 1999
Mexico's Ministry of Tourism has launched a new Internet site, http://www.safeMexico.com, that focuses on street crime and other security issues. The site gives safety tips for travelers to 11 cities and 10 regions and reprints a paper on tourist security in Mexico by former U.S. Ambassador James R. Jones. While apparently aimed at countering media reports about crime problems ("Mexico . . .
NEWS
August 11, 2001 | Associated Press
One of the highest-ranking former Mexican officials to be extradited on corruption charges returned Friday aboard a police jet, marking the latest but largely symbolic victory in the government's struggle to punish crimes of the old regime. Former Tourism Secretary and Mexico City Mayor Oscar Espinosa faces charges that he embezzled $45 million from city coffers. But he won a court injunction against his arrest, so it is unlikely that he will be convicted.
NEWS
July 24, 1997 | Reuters
More than four months before he takes office, the capital's popular Mayor-elect Cuauhtemoc Cardenas was embroiled Wednesday in his first scandal after he named his son as a member of his future Cabinet. Charges of nepotism were splashed over the front pages of Mexican newspapers after Cardenas appointed his son, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Batel, to a key six-person team to ensure a smooth hand-over of power in December.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1989 | From Associated Press
The government moved Monday to issue arrest warrants for 150 employees of stock brokerage firms on charges of illegal trading related to the October, 1987, stock market crash, the government news agency said. The Notimex agency quoted Treasury Secretary Pedro Aspe as saying he asked the federal attorney general to issue arrest warrants for employees of the Operadora de Bolsa and Mexicana de Valores e Inversiones firms.
NEWS
May 29, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Ernesto Zedillo fired Mexico City's chief law-enforcement officer Tuesday after concluding that the city's riot squads used excessive force last week, injuring at least 40 teachers marching for better pay. "Violence must not be met with violence," declared presidential spokesman Carlos Almada in announcing Zedillo's extraordinary decision to fire David Garay Maldonado, the capital's controversial police chief.
WORLD
April 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Thousands of Cubans will be able to get title to state-owned homes under regulations published Friday, a step that might lay the groundwork for broader reforms. The measure was the first legal decree formally published since Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel as president in February. The decree spells out rules to let Cubans renting from their state employers keep their apartment or house after leaving their posts. They could gain title and even pass it on to their children or relatives.
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