Cuba starts trial of elderly exile 'invaders'
HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- A Cuban court on Thursday began the trial of
elderly anti-communist Cuban Americans captured with arms in 1998 after
landing on the island from Florida, a dissident group said.
Ernestino Abreu Horta, 76, and Vicente Marcelino Rodriguez Martinez, 66,
apparently being charged with rebellion by a court in the western province of
Pinar del Rio, and could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a rights
group not recognized by the government, described them as simply "political
opponents of the Cuban government" and said Abreu was a "known political
leader of the Cuban exile community in the United States."
Specifically, Abreu once headed the Miami-based Patriotic Cuban Front,
commission said. There was no word on the case from Cuban officials or state
Cuba's state prosecution was seeking 26-year jail sentences for the pair,
also asking for 10-year sentences for another three men, presumably relatives
who had contact with them on their arrival in Pinar del Rio, according to the
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