Church announces release of prisoners
HAVANA | The Roman Catholic Church on Monday announced the names of three more Cuban political prisoners who will be released from jail as the government rapidly makes good on a promise to free 52 dissidents arrested in a 2003 sweep.
The men were among a group of 75 activists and opposition leaders rounded up in a 2003 crackdown on dissent and sentenced to long jail terms. Mr. Fuentes was serving a 26-year sentence, while Mr. Borrego and Mr. Suarez had each received 20-year jail terms.
In July, Cuba's government agreed to release, over a period of three or four months, all 52 of those arrested in 2003 who remained in jail. About halfway through that process, just 13 remain behind bars.
Opposition senator kicked out of Congress
BOGOTA | Colombia’s inspector general ousted an outspoken opposition senator Monday, barring her from public service for 18 years for purportedly “promoting and collaborating” with Latin America’s last remaining rebel army.
Mrs. Cordoba, 55, has not been charged with any crime.
But Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez is constitutionally empowered to dismiss her — and any other member of Congress — by virtue of his jurisdiction over nearly all public servants save the president and top judges.
Mrs. Cordoba has been in the Senate since 1994 and last year was mentioned as a possible Nobel Peace Prize candidate.View Entire Story
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