Canadian Jailed for 25 Years in Cuba for Sex Crime
HAVANA (Reuters) - A Canadian oil worker was convicted of sexually
corrupting a 14-year old Cuban girl and sentenced by a Cuban court to 25
years in jail, officials said on Saturday.
Cuban authorities arrested Perry King, 40, of Edmonton, Alberta, in August
and charged him in February with three counts of sexual involvement with a
minor. His trial took place on April 10 and the verdict was rendered on
"Mr. King has been found guilty and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.
He intends to appeal," a spokeswoman for the Canadian Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kimberly Phillips, said in Ottawa.
Cuban sources said the girl aged 14 lived in Matanzas, a port city east
Havana, and King worked for a Canadian company involved in the local oil
Canadian press reports said King's lawyer in Edmonton, Sid Tarrabain,
complained that his client was convicted on insufficient evidence presented
in a one-day trial and his family hoped to clear him name.
Canada and Cuba have an exchange agreement that would allow King to
serve his sentence in his home country.
Phillips said the Canadian embassy had requested permission to visit King
in a jail outside Havana, where he went on hunger strike late last year while
waiting to be charged.