Cuba ready to free more political prisoners: parliament chief

20th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Cuba is ready to release more political prisoners after announcing this month it would free 52, and they could remain on the island if they wished, the Cuban parliament chief told AFP Tuesday.

Cuba announced on July 7 that it would free 52 of 75 detainees sentenced in 2003 to prison terms of between six and 28 years. The deal was reached after talks with the Roman Catholic Church and Spain.

"It was very clear from the discussions that the government's wish is to free all the people" on condition they had not been accused of murder, parliament chief Ricardo Alarcon said on the sidelines of a conference in Geneva.

Eleven freed prisoners have already emigrated to Spain and another nine were expected to arrive in Madrid later this week as part of Cuba's biggest release of political prisoners in over a decade.

© 2010 AFP

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