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Political arrests spike in Cuba: rights group

A Cuban human rights group reported Wednesday that politically motivated arrests spiked in September on the communist-ruled island, hitting an 18-month high. The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission, which is outlawed but tolerated by the government, said there had been 708 politically motivated arrests during the month. "We have documented this very high number of arrests of peaceful dissidents, including numerous members of the Ladies in White humanitarian movement," the commission said.

Political arrests spike in Cuba: rights group

A Cuba human rights group reported Wednesday that politically motivated arrests spiked in September on the communist-ruled island, hitting an 18-month high. The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission, which is outlawed but tolerated by the government, said there had been 708 politically motivated arrests during the month. "We have documented this very high number of arrests of peaceful dissidents, including numerous members of the Ladies in White humanitarian movement," the commission said.

Spanish court rejects case against Cuba over dissident's death

Madrid, Sep 23 (EFE).- A Spanish judge rejected on Monday a criminal complaint against Cuban military officers for the death of one of the island's most prominent dissidents. Oswaldo Paya, the 60-year-old founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, died on July 22, 2012, while traveling by car from Havana to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

Cuban dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, dies in Madrid

Cuban-born economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a former member of Havana's revolutionary government who later became a fierce critic, died in exile Monday in Madrid, his widow told AFP. Espinosa had been in Spain since March to receive medical treatment for a chronic liver ailment, according his wife Miriam Leiva, who said the illness was too far gone to respond to treatment. "They did everything possible. There was no change" in his condition, she said.

Cuban dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, dies in Madrid

Cuban-born economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a former member of Havana's revolutionary government who later became a fierce critic, died in exile Monday in Madrid, his widow told AFP. Espinosa had been in Spain since March to receive medical treatment for a chronic liver ailment, according his wife Miriam Leiva, who said the illness was too far gone to respond to treatment. "They did everything possible. There was no change" in his condition, she said.

Cuban opposition figure Espinosa Chepe dies in Madrid

Madrid, Sep 23 (EFE).- Cuban opposition figure Oscar Espinosa Chepe died here Monday of chronic liver problems, sources close to the family confirmed to Efe. He was 72. Chepe, one of the "Group of 75" dissidents jailed in Cuba in 2003, died at a hospital in the Madrid suburb of Cercedilla where he had been receiving medical care since late August. The dissident, economist and journalist came to the Spanish capital on March to be treated for the liver ailment from which he suffered.

Spain court rejects suit over Cuba dissident's death

Spain's top criminal court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by the family of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya which accused Cuban secret service agents of involvement in his death. Paya's family had lodged the case at Spain's National Court in August, but judge Eloy Velasco dismissed the suit in a written ruling, saying it was not in his jurisdiction. Paya, a joint Cuban-Spanish national, and another Cuban dissident, Harold Cepero, died on July 22, 2012 in southeastern Cuba after their car went off the road and crashed into a tree.

Spain court opposes pardon for Spaniard in Cuba car crash

Madrid, Sep 4 (EFE).- The Spanish political activist serving a non-custodial sentence for a car crash in Cuba that resulted in the death of prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya does not merit a pardon, Spain's National Court concludes in a report issued Wednesday. The Cuban judiciary convicted Angel Carromero, a leader of the youth wing of Spain's governing conservative Popular Party, of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the July 2012 accident.

Dissident's family sues Cuba in Spain over his death

The family of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya launched a lawsuit in Spain on Monday accusing Cuban secret service agents of involvement in his death, his human rights group said. Paya, a joint Cuban-Spanish national, and another Cuban dissident, Harold Cepero, died on July 22, 2012 in southeastern Cuba after their car went off the road and crashed into a tree.

Cuba denies entry to representative of Ladies in White in Europe

Madrid, Aug 14 (EFE).- Cuban Blanca Reyes, the representative of the Ladies in White in Europe, complained Wednesday that Havana had denied her permission to travel to her homeland and visit her blind, 93-year-old father. In remarks to Efe, Reyes, the wife of exiled Cuban poet and journalist Raul Rivero, who lives in Spain, expressed "the desolation" the denial caused within her given that it is quite likely the last time that she can return home to see her father.
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