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Saturday December 15, 2012

Cuba to Send Spaniard Home to Finish His Prison Sentence

Cuba to Send Spaniard Home to Finish His Prison Sentence

Photo: Angel Carromero

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A Spaniard jailed in Cuba in connection with a road accident that resulted in the death of prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya will be sent back to Spain, possibly before the end of the year, to serve the rest of his four-year sentence.

The governments of Spain and Cuba announced Friday the agreement they reached this week for the return of Angel Carromero to his homeland, an application of the 1998 bilateral accord on the execution of penal sentences.

Carromero, 27, a leader of the youth wing of Spain’s governing Popular Party, last week signed a plea to serve the rest of his sentence in Spain, and on Wednesday representatives of both countries discussed the request in Havana.

After that meeting, the Spanish consul in Cuba, Tomas Rodriguez-Pantoja, signed a memorandum for Carromero’s removal to Spain.

The Madrid and Havana governments have not stated the exact date when the move will take place, though according to Spanish diplomatic sources consulted by Efe it could occur during the last week of December.

Also being flown back to Madrid with Carromero will be another Spanish citizen who was sentenced to 18 years behind bars in Cuba for drug trafficking.

Carromero was at the wheel of a rental car that crashed on July 22 near the eastern Cuban city of Bayamo.

Riding in the car was Paya, 60, and fellow dissident Harold Cepero, who died when it crashed into a tree.

Another of the passengers was Swedish political activist Jens Aron Modig, who like Carromero suffered slight injuries and who was authorized to leave the island several days later.

Upon hearing the news that the Spaniard will be sent home, the widow of Oswaldo Paya, Ofelia Acevedo, expressed her family’s joy about Carromero’s impending return to Spain, having always considered him innocent.