Tags: Cuba | US | Obama | prisoner

Cuba Releases 3 Prisoners in Sign of Meeting US Agreement

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:17 PM

Cuba released three detainees on Wednesday in a sign it was fulfilling an agreement to free a list of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as part of a thaw in relations between the two nations.

The government freed 19-year-old twin brothers Diango Vargas Martin and Bianco Vargas Martin on Wednesday afternoon, opposition activists said. The pair were arrested in December 2012 and sentenced to 30 months in jail for disorderly conduct and threatening a state official.

Dissidents said a third man, Enrique Figuerola Miranda, was also freed. All three were members of the opposition Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).

The move followed a report on Wednesday by Reuters citing a congressional aide who said that Cuba was resisting the release of "several" of the prisoners on the list.

A White House official had denied the Reuters report, saying "we have not heard any such thing from the Cubans, we fully expect all 53 to be released."

The prisoner release was part of an historic deal last month to renew diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and end more than five decades of hostility.

However, three weeks after the bid for U.S.-Cuba d├ętente became public, President Barack Obama's administration has done little to dispel questions about what might be holding up full implementation of the prisoner agreement.

The Cuban government had no immediate comment Wednesday on the status of the prisoner release.

The twins were released in the eastern city of Santiago and returned home to their mother, according to Elizardo Sanchez, president of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

The brothers were included on an informal list drawn up by Sanchez, but it is not known officially if they were on the list of 53 names.

The third person freed, Enrique Figuerola Miranda, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to three years, dissidents said, adding that he went on several hunger strikes behind bars.

© 2021 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


GlobalTalk
Cuba released three detainees on Wednesday in a sign it was fulfilling an agreement to free a list of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as part of a thaw in relations between the two nations.The government freed 19-year-old twin brothers Diango...
Cuba, US, Obama, prisoner
323
2015-17-07
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:17 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved