Canadian tourists forced to remain in Cuba

from this…

From our Canadian Dream Holiday Bureau:

Once again, Canadians on vacation in Cuba have discovered that the apartheid laws they love and cherish can turn sour in the blink of an eye.

This time, the turnaround involves two policemen from British Columbia who were arrested and questioned in connection with the rape of a teenage Canadian tourist at an apartheid resort.

Suddenly, the Canadian lawmen lost their tourist status and were treated the same way as Cubans.

…and this…

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Having to live as a Cuban is awful!

And now they might have to spend a long, long time in their apartheid holiday paradise, under the thumb of the Castro regime.  Just like Cubans.

The Canadian press is outraged!

…to this!

From the Vancouver Sun:

Two Lower Mainland police officers detained while vacationing in Cuba could be forced to spend much longer than they planned on the Caribbean island as their case is investigated by authorities.

On its website, Global Affairs Canada warns travellers that Cuban police do not lay charges until an investigation is complete. “Canadians who have been arrested, even for a minor incident, should expect long delays to resolve their cases and may not be allowed to leave the country.”

The Vancouver and Port Moody police departments each confirmed that one of their officers was arrested and released during a personal vacation in Cuba. No charges were laid. Postmedia is not naming the officers because details of the allegation remain unclear.

Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said his police department has been in touch with the Port Moody officer’s family and was told both officers had their passports confiscated “a few weeks ago.”

They were arrested after an allegation of assault against the Vancouver officer involving a 17-year-old woman from Ontario. The Port Moody officer is considered an important witness, said Clay.

“Unfortunately, what we’re told is that investigations move quite slowly, and in fact, we’ve been told that it could be up to 60 days before he might be allowed to leave the country,” said the mayor, who is also chair of the Port Moody police board.

Postmedia has learned Vancouver police sent a human resources officer to Cuba. An official refused a request for more information.

Benjamin Perrin, a University of B.C. law professor, said people need to be aware that when travelling abroad they are subject to the laws of whatever country they are in.

“There’s very little the Canadian government can do,” he said….

… In Cuba, crimes such as drug trafficking, fraud, assault, sexual assault and the corruption of minors are punishable by long prison sentences, according to a Global Affairs Canada travel advisory.

In 2010, a 19-year-old Norfolk County, Ont., man was detained by Cuban authorities for almost three months after his rental car was involved in a crash with another vehicle. Although he was never jailed or charged, Cody LeCompte had to remain at a hotel until police completed their investigation, running up a $30,000 bill on lawyers, accommodations and food.

In 2014, a Winnipeg man was not allowed to leave Cuba for seven weeks after he was involved in a scooter crash and police conducted an investigation.

In 2016, a Toronto man spent 13 days in a Cuban jail for flying a drone. He was locked in a tiny, dark cell at a detention facility and questioned about being a spy. He was eventually released after consular officials became involved in his case.

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4 thoughts on “Canadian tourists forced to remain in Cuba”

  1. Just tell Mrs. Justin to get herself up as a Mammy and film a promotional spot for vacationing in Cuba, with her husband playing the appreciative first-world cretin. That should do it. I mean, they can’t be any more of a laughingstock than they became during their India trip. I’m sorry, but Canadians are beyond pathetic.

  2. And by the way, considering the hell many homosexuals (or even supposed homosexuals) were put through in Castro’s Cuba for decades, it’s absolutely abominable that any foreign homosexuals would choose to vacation there–which does mean rewarding those responsible for all that abuse.

  3. Gee, I wonder what Reinaldo Arenas would think of foreign gay men cavorting in Castrogonia and materially supporting and helping to perpetuate the hellish regime that drove him out of Cuba. Lord, the disgust.

  4. Why would Cuba want to do this? It means they are getting bad publicity and could lose Canadian tourism.
    The are exposing westerners to their prisons and worse. What is in it for Cuban authorities to help them to bad press?
    Is it that they are never punished for their severity in less tourism? And they can make lots of money from this in the meantime?

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