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UN group criticizes Cuba’s corrupt judicial system, calls on Castros to release Alan Gross

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Since the first kangaroo courts and extrajudicial executions began in 1959, we have known that the judicial system of the Castro dictatorship is as corrupt as it could be. Nevertheless, we are happy to see that 54 years later, the UN (or at least a group within the UN) has come to the same conclusion.

The AP via ABCNews:

UN Report Calls on Cuba to Release American

A United Nations group is calling on the Cuban government to release an American who has been held in the country for more than three years, saying his imprisonment is unfair.

A 12-page report by the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was released Tuesday by a lawyer for the American, Alan Gross. The report is dated November 23 and had previously been released to the Cuban government. Cuba blasted the report's conclusion in early December, saying that the U.S. government had put pressure on the UN group and arguing Gross had been fairly tried. But Cuban officials did not release the report itself.

[...]

The working group — whose members include lawyers and professors from Senegal, Pakistan, Ukraine, Chile and Norway — has no enforcement powers, but the ruling could put pressure on the Cuban government to release Gross.

The report repeated criticisms of Cuba's judicial system, saying it is not impartial, and also criticized the offense Gross was charged with, committing crimes against the state, as imprecise and vague. The report also says the 63-year-old Maryland man should have been released on bail while awaiting trial instead of being held in a Cuban prison for more than a year.

You can read the entire article HERE.

Also, Capitol Hill Cubans has the relevant excerpts from the UN report detailing the farcical Castro judiciary that you can read HERE.

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