Friday, December 3, 2010

Cuba mulls Salvadoran's death sentence for terror

Cuba mulls Salvadoran's death sentence for terror

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's Supreme Court is reportedly reviewing the death
sentence of a Salvadoran man convicted of committing acts of terror in 1997.

Government website Cubadebate says the review of Ernesto Cruz Leon's
sentence began Thursday. It did not give details of the process or a

Cuba says Cruz Leon confessed to planting bombs in five hotels and a
restaurant in a plot to scare away tourists and hurt a prime source of
income for the island.

He and fellow Salvadoran Otto Rene Rodriguez were sentenced to death in
1999 for the plot.

Cuba's constitution permits capital punishment. But in 2008 President
Raul Castro commuted death sentences for all common criminals and said
those convicted of terrorism would have their cases reviewed.

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