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.
February 14, 1998 |
The government has released the first 19 of more than 200 prisoners it has said it will free after Pope John Paul II's visit to the island last month, a leading dissident said. Odilia Valdes Collazo, president of a group called the Cuban Party for Human Rights, said those released included Hector Palacios, a well-known dissident who was serving an 18-month term on a charge of "disrespect for authority."
February 13, 1998 |
Cuba said Thursday that it had decided to release more than 200 prisoners, including some political detainees, after Pope John Paul II's visit to the Communist nation last month. The group release will be the largest by President Fidel Castro's government in years. It was unclear when people would actually start walking free. The release was first announced by the Vatican, which said Cuba called it "an act of clemency and goodwill in memory" of John Paul's five-day visit last month.
January 25, 1998 |
In a challenge to Fidel Castro's government, Pope John Paul II called on his host Saturday to release all "prisoners of conscience" from Cuba's jails and open its tightly controlled Communist system to freedom of expression and assembly. The pontiff's prisoner appeal, made during an emotional evening visit to a leper sanctuary in suburban Havana, was similar to requests he has made on other trips abroad.
February 13, 1996 |
After negotiating with Cuban President Fidel Castro in January for the release of 10 Cuban political prisoners, Rep. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) got word last week that Castro wanted to see him again. They met at 1 a.m. Saturday and Castro agreed to free two men and one woman, the lawmaker said. Carmen Arias, 31, Jose Luis Grave de Peralta, 38, and Eduardo Prida, 49, arrived in Miami later Saturday on a small Air Force jet, accompanied by Richardson.
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.