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Delay To Allow Cubans To Be Quizzed In Abuse Trial

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Wayne Munroe

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

THE Cuban detainee abuse trial has been postponed until two Cubans claiming to have been beaten at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre earlier this year can be cross-examined, according to lawyer Wayne Munroe, who represents the Defence Force marines accused of abuse.

Mr Munroe said the Defence Force has requested that the Cuban government allow Yordan Cantero and Alexander Vazcuez to return to the Bahamas to be cross-examined.
Currently, the men in question do not have permission to travel, and Mr Munroe said he does not believe the Cuban government will grant them the required permission. The trial’s participants, he said, may therefore “have to go down” to Cuba to continue proceedings.
 “They tried to escape Cuba before and tried to escape the detention centre so they won’t take that risk and let them come again,” he said.
He also noted that so far 23 witnesses have testified in the closed trial.

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