Spanish citizen scapegoated for Cuban regime’s murder of prominent dissident to be returned home
Spanish citizen Angel Carromero Barrios was in the car with Oswaldo Payá and driving when it was run off the road by an unmarked vehicle. As a prominent dissident, this was not the first time a car carrying Payá had been targeted by suspicious vehicles driven by Cuban State Security agents, but this time would be the last. Payá did not survive this attack, and as a convenient scapegoat, Carromero was charged with his death and sentenced to four years in prison.
Now, it appears some deal has been reached between the Castro dictatorship and the Spanish government as Carromero will be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in Spain.
Spaniard jailed in Cuba for death of dissident Oswaldo Paya to finish sentence at home
MADRID -- The Spanish government says a Spaniard sentenced in Cuba to prison in the death of a prominent dissident will fly back to Spain to serve the rest of his four-year term.
Angel Carromero Barrios, a Spanish regional political youth leader, was driving a car July 22 that lost control and crashed, killing Oswaldo Paya, a passenger. Paya was a well-known opponent of the Cuban government.
A court had sentenced Carromero to jail in October for the equivalent of vehicular manslaughter. Carromero later asked to be able to serve his sentence in Spain.
Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday that Carromero would be returning to Spain, but did not give an exact date