Spain's foreign ministry continues in close contact with the Spanish political activist who faces charges in Cuba for the car crash that killed prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya and a colleague, and is taking all possible steps to secure his release.

The ministry told Efe Tuesday that Spanish authorities are undertaking the necessary procedures and that the consul general in Havana has often visited Angel Carromero, leader of a youth group in Spain's governing Popular Party.

The Spaniard, Swedish citizen Jens Aron Modig, Paya and fellow dissident Harold Cepero were on their way from the Cuban capital to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba in a rented car on July 22 when the accident happened.

The vehicle, with Carromero at the wheel, ran off the road and crashed near Bayamo, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of Havana.

Paya and Cepero died, while Carromero and Modig suffered relatively minor injuries.

Cuban authorities blame the accident on excessive speed and the driver's failure to heed warning signs about road construction. They say the car was going 120 kph (nearly 75 mph) along a stretch of highway where the speed limit was 60 kph (around 37 mph).

Carromero, as the driver of the crashed car, faces a possible sentence of seven years in prison for negligent homicide.

The young Spaniard is being held in custody at a center of the Cuban Interior Ministry awaiting trial, for which no date has been set.

There is speculation, however, that the trial could take place late this month or in early September at Bayamo.

The Popular Party has expressed confidence in government's actions, while the Paya family has repeatedly said it will not press charges against Carromero because they believe him innocent.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo recently insisted in a statement on the need to maintain maximum discretion in the matter so as not to impede Carromero from being repatriated as soon as possible. EFE