Posted on Tuesday, 12.21.10
Cardinal hopes Cuba will release 11 dissidents
The Associated Press
HAVANA — The Roman Catholic Cardinal who helped broker a deal with Cuba to free dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown says he hopes the government will make good on its pledge to release the last 11 remaining in prison.
Havana Archbishop Jaime Ortega says “hope springs eternal” that Havana will honor its “formal promise” to free them.
But he declined to speculate Monday on when they might be released.
He told reporters: “I can’t make conjectures.”
Cuba agreed to the deal in July. All 52 were supposed to be freed by early November.
Exile was not an explicit condition of the agreement, however all but one of the 41 released so far are now living in Spain.
Those still behind bars have said they want to remain on the island.