Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cuba pardons more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit

The Cuban government said it plans to pardon 3,522 prisoners over the next 72 hours as a "humanitarian" gesture ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the island beginning next week.

But the announcement appeared to rule out pardons for at least some of the dozens of inmates that rights groups consider political prisoners. Convicts serving time for crimes against "national security" would not be eligible for release, said the statement in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

Those receiving pardons will include inmates over 60 or under 20 with no prior convictions and prisoners whose terms are nearing an end, as well as women, the infirm and foreigners whose countries will accept their repatriation.

More:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/cuba-pardons-more-than-3500-prisoners-ahead-of-pope-francis-visit/2015/09/11/5e1c1f27-ab63-444f-98ca-fff75cb92d3b_story.html

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