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Hero's welcome for Cuban spy freed from US prison

A second member of the "Cuban Five" intelligence agents returned home to a hero's welcome Friday, after spending more than 15 years behind bars in the United States on spy charges. Fernando Gonzalez was released Thursday from a maximum-security prison in Arizona and then deported to Cuba, after serving his time in a case that for years has been a major thorn in US-Cuban relations. Cuban television broke from its regular programming to announce his arrival in a triumphant broadcast.

Hero's welcome for Cuban spy freed from US prison

A second member of the "Cuban Five" intelligence agents returned home to a hero's welcome Friday, after spending more than 15 years behind bars in the United States on spy charges. Fernando Gonzalez was released Thursday from a maximum-security prison in Arizona and then deported to Cuba, after serving his time in a case that for years has been a major thorn in US-Cuban relations. Cuban television broke from its regular programming to announce his arrival in a triumphant broadcast.

Hero's welcome for Cuban spy freed from US prison

A Cuban spy who spent more than 15 years in prison in the United States returned home Friday to a hero's welcome, Cuban state television proclaimed in a triumphant broadcast. Fernando Gonzalez was released Thursday from a maximum-security prison in Arizona and then deported to Cuba. Gonzalez was one of the "Cuban Five" -- intelligence agents convicted in a US spy case that for years has been a major thorn in US-Cuban relations. Cuban television broke into its regular programming to announce his arrival.

Cuban agent released from U.S. prison gets hero's welcome

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro and top leaders of the Cuban government and Communist Party greeted a Cuban intelligence agent with a hero's welcome upon his return to Havana on Friday, a day after his release from a U.S. prison. Fernando Gonzalez, 50, had served more than 15 years for spying on Cuban-American exile groups in Miami and is one of the "Cuban Five" whose detentions have complicated the already tense relations between the United States and Cuba.

Jailed Cuban agent to be deported from U.S. after release

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Cuban intelligence agent was released from prison in Arizona after serving more than 15 years for spying on Cuban-American exiles in Miami, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said on Thursday. Fernando Gonzalez, 50, will be deported to Cuba as soon as possible, his lawyers and U.S. officials say.

Another member of "Cuban Five" released from U.S. prison

Miami, Feb 27 (EFE).- Fernando Gonzalez, one of five Cuban spies convicted by a Miami jury in 2001, was released Thursday from U.S. federal prison after serving more than 15 years. Gonzalez, 50, who was being held at a prison in Safford, Arizona, was immediately taken into custody by immigration authorities and will be deported back to Cuba. Another of the "Cuban Five," Chicago-born Rene Gonzalez (no relation to Fernando), was paroled in 2011 and allowed to return to Cuba last year after renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

Cuban spy released from US prison

One of the so-called "Cuban Five" -- intelligence agents convicted in a US spy case that made them heroes in Havana -- was released from an Arizona prison Thursday and will be deported, officials said. Fernando Gonzalez, the second member of the group to be released, walked out of a federal penitentiary in Safford, Arizona after serving more than 15 years of a 17 year and nine months sentence, prison spokesman Chris Burke told AFP.

Cuban spy released from US prison

One of the so-called "Cuban Five" -- intelligence agents convicted in a US spy case that made them heroes in Havana -- was released from prison Thursday and will be deported, officials said. Fernando Gonzalez, the second member of the group to be released, walked out of a federal penitentiary in Safford, Arizona after serving more than 15 years of a 17 year and nine months sentence. He was handed over to US immigration authorities pending his deportation to Cuba, prison spokesman Chris Burke told AFP.

Americans back easing of Cuba policy

Most Americans would support an overhaul of restrictive US policy toward Cuba, says a poll released Tuesday. This is particularly the case in Florida, home to the largest community of people of Cuban-descent in the United States, according to the nationwide survey. It found 56 percent of those questioned support change, and the proportion rises to 63 percent in Florida. The study was carried out by a think tank called the Atlantic Council, which said it was surprised by the figure for Florida.

Majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba: poll

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A strong majority of Americans - and an even greater percentage of Floridians - support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a poll released on Tuesday by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. In an apparent boost to efforts to end the half-century-old economic embargo against Cuba, the poll found that 56 percent of respondents nationally favored changing U.S. Cuba policy, a number that rose to 63 percent when just counting Florida residents.
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