Cuba com­mutes death sen­tence against US man

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

HA­VANA: Cuba's Supreme Court has com­muted the death sen­tence against a Cuban-Amer­i­can who was the last per­son re­main­ing on death row in the is­land nation, ac­cord­ing to a vet­eran hu­man rights ac­tivist.

Elizardo Sanchez, the head of the in­de­pen­dent Ha­van­abased Cuban Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights and Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, said the court sen­tenced Hum­berto Ela­dio Real to 30 years in prison in­stead. Sanchez told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a tele­phone in­ter­view that Real's par­ents in­formed him of the de­ci­sion.

Ear­lier Tues­day, the staterun Cubade­bate web­site posted a story say­ing the court was re­view­ing an ap­peal by Real, who was con­victed of killing a man in a 1994 raid. Cubade­bate did not im­me­di­ately re­port the court's de­ci­sion.

On Oct. 15, 1994, Real and six other mem­bers of a Florid­abased ex­ile group came ashore in north­ern Cuba, armed with as­sault ri­fles and other weapons. A man was killed, and the group was cap­tured shortly there­after. -Ap

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