Friday, December 23, 2011

Cuba: 2,900 Pardons

In a recent speech to lawmakers, Castro announced his country would pardon 2,900 prisoners, among them 86 foreign prisoners from 25 countries. The pardons would recognize an upcoming visit by the Pope and "the generosity and strength of the revolution." The list is said to be "filled" with prisoners who are over 60 years old and/or are "ailing." There are also many "female inmates and young people who don't have long criminal records." On the other hand, those convicted of "murder, espionage or drug trafficking" are not included. See story here.

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