Cuban court sentences Spanish man to 4 years for car crash

10/16/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Havana, Cuba – A Cuban court has sentenced a Spanish man to four years in prison in connection with a fatal car crash that killed Oswaldo Paya and another political activist. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Angel Carromero Barrios was found guilty on charges equivalent to vehicular manslaughter according to an announcement Monday.

A notice published on Cubadebate, a state-run website, is quoted by the AP as stating, “Considering the gravity of the events, in which the lamentable death of two people resulted as a consequence of Carromero Barrios’ imprudent conduct, the tribunal imposed the penalty of four years deprivation of liberty.”

Carromero was driving the vehicle transporting Paya and two others when the accident occurred on July 22, and lost control in an area of highway that was under construction.

Relatives of Paya have reportedly spoken out in disagreement of the recent sentence. Ofelia Acevedo, Paya’s widow, is quoted by the AP as stating, “I very much regret this sentence… We did not blame Angel Carromero.”

Acevedo and others have called for an outside investigation into the matter.

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