Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cuba considers sending Spanish prisoner home

Cuba considers sending Spanish prisoner home
Published November 16, 2012

Spain's request that Cuba send home a Spaniard jailed on the island in
connection with a deadly road accident "will be duly considered" on the
basis of existing bilateral accords, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodriguez told Efe here Friday.

He noted that the Spanish government acknowledged the "impeccable"
procedures in Cuba's trial of Angel Carromero, a member of the youth
wing of Spain's governing Popular Party.

Rodriguez discussed the matter Thursday in Cadiz with Spanish
counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo on the eve of the Ibero-American

Carromero was sentenced in Cuba to four years in prison last month for
involuntary manslaughter following a traffic accident in which Cuban
dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepera died.

Rodriguez has said, however, that Carromero "was not a mere tourist"
like the tens of thousands of Spaniards who visit Cuba, but that his
trip "was a political operation" organized by sectors out to strain
relations between Madrid and Havana.

"Spurious political interests create situations that mar the bilateral
atmosphere," he said.

"It is in the best interest of both governments to continue a calm,
respectful bilateral relationship that is not influenced by sectors
seeking to torpedo it," he said.

The foreign minister is in Cadiz representing Cuba at the 22nd
Ibero-American Summit.

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