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Cuba Frees Three People Believed to be on U.S. Political Prisoner List

Cuba Frees Three People Believed to be on U.S. Political Prisoner List
Helen Regan @hcregan Jan. 7, 2015

A Cuban flag hangs from a building in Havana December 27, 2014.
Enrique de la Osa— Reuters
Cuba has pledged to release 53 political prisoners as part of a deal
with Washington

The Cuban government freed three detainees Wednesday in the latest sign
of thawing relations between Havana and longtime foe the U.S.

The released trio are believed to be on a list of 53 political prisoners
Washington wants to see freed in the socialist Caribbean island-state,
Reuters reports.

Cuba has pledged to release all 53 as part of a deal to renew diplomatic
relations between the two countries.

According to Cuban human rights activists, the government released
19-year-old Diango Vargas and twin brother Bianco Vargas Martin who were
arrested in Dec. 2012 and sentenced to 30 months in prison for
threatening a state official and disorderly conduct.

Activists said another man, Enrique Figuerola Miranda, was also freed.

All three were members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU)
opposition group.

Source: Cuba Frees Three People Believed to be on U.S. Political
Prisoner List | TIME –
http://time.com/3658961/cuba-political-prisoners-freed-diango-vargas-bianco-vargas-martin-enrique-figuerola-miranda/

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