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    Cuba pardons 2,900 prisoners, but not jailed American

    Dec 23, 2011

    Cuba pardons 2,900 prisoners, but not jailed American

    By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
    Updated 8m ago

    The Cuban government announced that it has pardoned and will release 2,900 prisoners. An American convicted of crimes against the state will not be freed, however.

    Update at 8:02 p.m. ET: Alan Gross, who was convicted of crimes against the state for his involvement in a U.S. government-funded democracy-building program, is not on the list of those pardoned, Cuba's vice foreign minister now tells the Associated Press.

    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson visited Cuba in September to seek the release of Gross, of Potomac, Md.

    Gross was arrested Dec. 3, 2009, while delivering a satellite telephone to Cuba's tiny Jewish community so that it could have direct access to the Internet, The Miami Herald notes.

    Original post: Cuba says it has pardoned 2,900 prisoners, including some jailed for political crimes, the Associated Press reports.

    No details were given about when they will be released. It's not known whether 62-year-old Alan Gross, who was arrested in 2009 during a U.S. government-funded democracy-building program, is part of the amnesty and will be freed. Convicted of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years, his case has caused friction between Washington and Havana.

    Among those pardoned are inmates older than 60 or are ailing, women and young Cubans without long criminal records, according to a communique cited by the official news agency, Prensa Latina.

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    Report: Cuba to free 2,900 prisoners

    Report: Cuba to free 2,900 prisoners
    United Press International
    Published: Dec. 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    HAVANA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Cuba will release some 2,900 jailed political prisoners with pardons, President Raul Castro announced.

    Castro's declaration Friday said the pardons include 86 people from 25 countries, the El Nuevo Herald newspaper in Miami reported. But U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, serving a 15-year jail sentence in Havana for delivering high-tech Internet equipment Cuban Jews, will not be among those released, a source told the Herald.

    In an address to parliament in Havana, Castro stopped short of declaring a loosening of migration policy, the BBC said.

    "Many believe that this [migration] policy must be immediately revised, but they forget about the exceptional conditions that Cuba is surrounded by, which is a demolishing United States policy of intervention, aimed to achieve 'well-known aims' at any cost," Castro said.

    While the United States is battling illegal immigration from Mexico and other Latin American countries, current law allows any Cuban who reaches U.S. soil to stay.

    Cubans seeking legal exit travel visas face "extremely complex and expensive" government procedures, the BBC said.

    Since the communist revolution led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, the United States hasn't maintained diplomatic relations with Cuba since 1959.

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