Friday, September 11, 2015

Cuba: 3,522 Pardons

Yahoo News reports Cuba's government will pardon 3,522 prisoners "as a gesture of goodwill ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the communist island." Among those pardoned are:
... people over 60 years old, younger than 20 years old with no criminal record, the chronically ill, women and foreigners, provided their country of origin vows to repatriate them
An official statement read:
"On the occasion of the visit by His Holiness Pope Francis, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba (the highest governmental body)... agreed to pardon 3,522 prisoners, chosen due by the nature of the acts for which they were jailed, their behavior in prison, the time of punishment and health concerns," 
Yahoo reports that, on in December 2011, Raul Castro's government "granted a pardon to 2,991 prisoners on the occasion of a visit by pope Benedict" Fidel Castro freed prisoner just after the visit of John Paul II, in January 1998. See full story here,

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