Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Czechs grant asylum to Cuban political prisoner

Posted on Tuesday, 10.26.10
Czechs grant asylum to Cuban political prisoner
The Associated Press

PRAGUE -- Officials say the Czech Republic has become the second
European Union country after Spain to grant asylum to a Cuban political

The Foreign Ministry says Rolando Jimenez Posada arrived in Prague on

He's one of dozens political prisoners Cuba's communist government
agreed to free on condition they leave the island.

Pavla Holcova of the People In Need human rights organization says
Jimenez Posada, a lawyer, was arrested in 2003 and received a 12-year
prison term three years later for subversion. Holcova said Posada
arrived with his wife, brother, son and niece.

The Czech Republic is one of the strongest critics in the EU of Cuba's
human rights record. The ministry says the country is ready to take 10
Cuban political prisoners.


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