Cuba to release prisoners before papal visit
December 26, 2011
The government of Cuban plans to release 2,900 prisoners--including a number of political dissidents--as a public gesture in advance of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.
President Raul Castro said that the release program was a response to pleas by the relatives of prisoners and by religious leaders. The Catholic Church has helped to negotiate the release of political dissidents during the past year.
- Cuba to release 2,900 prisoners as goodwill gesture (BBC)
- Cuba to free 2,900 prisoners ahead of visit by Pope Benedict XVI (Global Post)