Cuban court rejects Frenchman's prison term appeal
Cuba's Supreme Tribunal turned down an appeal by a French businessman sentenced to 15 year prison in August for money laundering linked to drug trafficking and tax evasion, his attorney told AFP on Wednesday.
Jean-Louis Autret, 53, was found guilty following a trial in June and July.
The French national was arrested in April 2009 after he sold his yacht in October 2004 to two French citizens.
French and Spanish authorities stopped the yacht off the coast of Cape Verde in September 2005 and found 2.8 tonnes of cocaine aboard.
Autret cleared his name in the French courts on the case, but Cuban authorities took him to court in connection to activities that include money laundering, tax evasion and falsifying documents.
"The case has been considered and the verdict is the same as before," attorney Menelao Mora told AFP.
The Supreme Tribunal also rejected appeals from Autret's eight Cuban co-conspirators, including his wife, who had been handed sentences of between three and seven years prison for falsifying documents and bribery, Mora said.
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