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Cuba Commutes Sentence of Last Death Row Inmate

Castro’s Cuba is slowly softening.

Cuba’s Supreme Tribunal has commuted the sentence of the socialist nation’s last death row inmate.

In contrast, there are around 3,225 prisoners condemned to die in the United States.

Forty-year old Humberto Eladio Real was sentenced to death for the killing of a man during an unsuccessful 1994 insurrection. His sentence was commuted to a 30-year prison term.

Cuban President Raul Castro issued a decree commuting the death sentences of 30 prisoners within a month of taking over the presidency from his brother Fidel. No one has been executed in the country since 2003, when three people convicted of attempting to hijack a boat and flee to Florida were killed by a firing squad.

Earlier this month, two other death row inmates had their executions commuted. Ernesto Cruz Leon and Otto Rene Rodriguez Llerena, both from El Salvador, were convicted of a terror spree linked to the United States CIA in which hotels were bombed in an attempt to ruin the country’s tourism industry. One Italian tourist was killed and many more people were wounded.

President Castro has also agreed to free the 52 most prominent political prisoners in Cuba. Most have already joined their families in Spain.

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