Cuba begins to free small group of political prisoners

10th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Cuba's government Saturday began releasing a small group of ailing political prisoners as part of a wider agreement to free 52 dissidents, relatives of three released prisoners told AFP.

The three released Saturday, to undisclosed locations, were reportedly among a group of 17 of the dissidents who plan to go to Spain.

Dissident Jose Luis Garcia Paneque phoned his family to tell them he was being transferred from the Las Tunas provincial prison to an unspecified location in Havana, according to his cousin Raul Smith.

Meanwhile the wives of dissidents Pablo Pacheco and Luis Milan received calls from other inmates telling them that their husbands had been released.

© 2010 AFP

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