2 Czech politicians detained in Cuba
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Two Czech politicians have been detained
Cuba while on a private visit, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
Former Finance Minister Ivan Pilip, who now sits in parliament, and Jan
Bubenik, member of a Czech pro-democracy foundation, were detained on
Friday in Ciego de Avila, 300 kilometers (187 miles) southeast of Havana, the
ministry said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.
There was no official explanation, said the statement, but according to
information from Cuban police, the two were detained for having allegedly met
with unidentified members of Cuba's opposition.
They were transferred to the Cuban capital of Havana, where they remain in jail.
"The Foreign Ministry considers the detentions groundless and incompatible
principles the Czech Republic as well as other democratic states profess," the
It said all necessary steps are being taken by the Czech side to secure
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