Two out, two in: Castrogonia frees two Canadians from prison, slaps long prison sentences on top Native oligarch and his wife
It's a lot like lightning striking the same exact spot three times in a row in the same day.
Three stories involving the Castro Kingdom's prison system have surfaced in the news at exactly the same time.
Two of the stories involve Canadians being freed unexpectedly: one of them a businessman charged with "corruption", the other a tourist involved in a tragic traffic accident. The third story involves a high-placed Castrogonian official and his wife who are being imprisoned for spying.
Mere coincidence? Is there any such thing as a coincidence in Castrogonia, the highly controlled kingdom of the Castro dynasty?
Castro Kingdom Frees Jailed Canadian Businessman
A Canadian businessman who served 2 1/2 years of a 9-year prison sentence in Cuba for corruption has abruptly returned to Canada.
Sarkis Yacoubian, president of Tri-Star Caribbean import company, said Saturday that he's extremely happy and excited to be home in Toronto. However, he says he is still adjusting after he was given only 24 to 48 hours' notice before his release.
Yacoubian was arrested in 2011 by Cuban authorities but was not formally charged until April 2013 with bribery, tax evasion and "activities damaging to the economy." He said that because he was expelled from Cuba, he is not subject to transfer conditions that would require him to serve the rest of his sentence in Canada.
"I can't discuss on what grounds I was expelled," said the 53-year-old Yacoubian. "When somebody goes to jail, most of them claim that they were innocent. It's not only the facts that support this for me, but official recognition that supports this," he said.
"I'm still confused. They released me, 24-48 hours' notice, I still don't know exactly how this whole thing happened. I'm trying to figure out what happened, who had interest behind it, which were the organizations or companies that did what they did to me. So it's just 48 hours. The decision, nobody knew that. They just said we're going to let you out," Yacoubian told The Associated Press from his mother's home in Toronto.
He said that he is willing to share his story but wants to consult with his lawyers, who he said are currently on vacation, before he provides further details about what he calls a "very interesting, exciting story."
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And at just about the same time, the Castro Kingdom freed another Canadian whose case was attracting way too much negative attention. God forbid those Canadians begin to think of their favorite apartheid vacation destination as a an unpleasant, unjust, or dangerous place for tourists.
From the TORONTO SUN: - She’s coming home.
Justine Davis, the Toronto mother barred from leaving Cuba since a horrific scooter accident Dec. 23 that resulted in the death of her three-year-old son, is now allowed to exit the country, Canadian officials said Thursday.
“I personally appealed to Cuba to request help on Ms. Davis’s case on compassionate grounds,” Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) Lynne Yelich tweeted. “Pleased to relay that Ms. Davis is free to leave Cuba. We appreciate Cuba’s efforts to resolve this situation.”
For six weeks, Davis waited for answers in a Havana hospital since her son, Cameron, died in the crash just outside of their Cayo Largo resort. There was only a trickle of information from the Canadian Embassy and from the investigating detective, whom she saw a handful of times.
She was told obtaining a copy of the police report could take up to three months, adding to the frustration of a language barrier because Davis doesn’t speak Spanish.
She was praying her case would be expedited so she could attend Cameron’s funeral this Saturday in Toronto.
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Oh, but don't be lulled into thinking that the Castro Kingdom is emptying its jails. A third story related to Castrogonian imprisonments has surfaced at the same time.
This one involves a former oligarch and close associate of one of the Castro dynasty's chief henchmen. The arrests were made long ago, but the ever-swift Castrogonian judicial system only got around to sentencing them now.
Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying
A top aide to one of Cuba’s veteran political figures, Ricardo Alarcón, and the aide’s wife, have been convicted of spying and sentenced to 30 and 15 years in prison, according to persons close to the case.
Miguel Alvarez and Mercedes Arce, both former Cuban intelligence analysts in their 50s, were tried and convicted in December, the persons said, 22 months after they were detained in Havana for interrogation on March 3, 2012.
Alvarez was sentenced to 30 years on charges that he leaked secret information to Arce, according to the sources. Arce got the lesser sentence for allegedly using the information to write analytical reports on Cuba that she sold to private companies in Mexico.
Alvarez is the most senior Cuban official known to have been convicted of spying against the communist government in decades. At least three other Cubans are imprisoned on the island for spying, including two former Interior Ministry officials.
The Cuban government has repeatedly offered to swap U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Havana since 2009, for four Havana spies held in U.S. prisons since 1998. But it has made no mention of the spies held in Cuban prisons.
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