Cuba considers sending Spanish prisoner home

Published November 16, 2012

| EFE

Spain's request that Cuba send home a Spaniard jailed on the island in connection with a deadly road accident "will be duly considered" on the basis of existing bilateral accords, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told Efe here Friday.

He noted that the Spanish government acknowledged the "impeccable" procedures in Cuba's trial of Angel Carromero, a member of the youth wing of Spain's governing Popular Party.

Rodriguez discussed the matter Thursday in Cadiz with Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo on the eve of the Ibero-American Summit.

Carromero was sentenced in Cuba to four years in prison last month for involuntary manslaughter following a traffic accident in which Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepera died.

Rodriguez has said, however, that Carromero "was not a mere tourist" like the tens of thousands of Spaniards who visit Cuba, but that his trip "was a political operation" organized by sectors out to strain relations between Madrid and Havana.

"Spurious political interests create situations that mar the bilateral atmosphere," he said.

"It is in the best interest of both governments to continue a calm, respectful bilateral relationship that is not influenced by sectors seeking to torpedo it," he said.

The foreign minister is in Cadiz representing Cuba at the 22nd Ibero-American Summit. EFE

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