Nine Cuban dissidents to arrive in Spain next week

17th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Nine more Cuban dissidents recently freed by Havana will arrive in Spain next week, joining 11 other former prisoners already in the country, the Spanish foreign minister said Saturday.

"Next Tuesday, nine other political prisoners will arrive with 50 members of their family," Miguel Angel Moratinos told Radio Nacional de Espana.

They will join 11 other dissidents who arrived in Spain last week, as Cuba undertakes its biggest release of political prisoners in over a decade.

Spain, the former colonial power in Cuba and the largest foreign investor in the country, helped broker the deal reached on July 7 between the Cuban government and the Church to gradually free 52 detainees.

Madrid has said it is willing to receive all the freed detainees, who were sentenced in 2003 to prison terms of between six and 28 years.

© 2010 AFP

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