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Cuban mafia releases two hostages

The Cuban government, which is run by the Castro crime family mafia, released two British hostages held for more than two years in one of their prisons. Both of the men were previously business partners of the Cuban mafia and apparently had ran afoul of Havana's crime bosses, becoming hostages held for ransom. Although neither the Castro regime nor the British government is willing to say what was behind the Cuban crime syndicate's decision to suddenly free these two men, there is no doubt a large sum of money changed hands.

The report via the BBC:

Cuba corruption case Britons Fakhre and Purvis freed

Two British businessmen who faced corruption charges in Cuba have been released, the British Embassy has said.

Stephen Purvis going to court for his trial in Havana.

Stephen Purvis's appearances in court were closed to the press and public

Amado Fakhre, who was executive director of an investment firm, and Stephen Purvis, who was chief of operations, were arrested in 2011.

The offices of their company, Coral Capital Group, were shut down during an anti-corruption crackdown by President Raul Castro's government.

Both were held for two years. Details of the hearing were not made public.

Embassy spokesman Rhys Patrick said Mr Purvis was freed on Monday and Mr Fakhre was released on Wednesday. He said he could not discuss why the men were freed, nor give any information on their whereabouts.

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