Another Cuban political prisoner arrives in Spain

2nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Cuban dissident arrived in Spain Thursday, bringing to 27 the number who have reached the country following their release by Havana in a deal brokered by Madrid, the Spanish government said.

Prospero Gainza Aguero, 53, flew into Madrid's airport accompanied by two family members, a source at the foreign ministry said.

In a deal struck between the Roman Catholic Church and the government of President Raul Castro that was brokered by Spain, Cuba agreed to free 52 of 75 dissidents sentenced in 2003 to prison terms of up to 28 years.

A total of 26 have already reached Spain. Another, Alfredo Rodolfo Dominguez Batista, 48, is to arrived on Friday, and four more are expected next week.

Havana agreed to free the dissidents within a period of four months after hunger striker Guillermo Farinas nearly starved to death in Cuba.

Another political prisoner, Orlando Zapata, died in detention on February 23 after 85 days on hunger strike.

Cuban dissidents say that even after the release of the 52, another 115 political prisoners will still be languishing behind bars in Cuba.

© 2010 AFP

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