09/04/13 - GlobalPost - No pardon for Spaniard in Cuba car crash
Spain's National Court said Wednesday it saw no reason to pardon a Spanish
politician convicted in Cuba over a car crash that killed a leading
Angel Carromero, a 27-year-old leading activist in the youth wing of
Spain's ruling Popular Party, is serving out his sentence in Spain after
being convicted for manslaughter in Cuba.
Cuba's courts sentenced him to four years in jail after his car hit a tree
in July 2012, killing two passengers including a leading Cuban opposition
figure, Oswaldo Paya.
Both Carromero and the family of the deceased opposition leader blame Cuban
intelligence services for the crash.
Carlos Paya Sardinas, brother of Oswaldo Paya, told AFP this year that he
had petitioned the Spanish government to pardon Carromero, saying "he is
But in a "purely informative" opinion directed at the Spanish government,
which has the power to grant a pardon, Spain's National Court said: "We do
not find any reason in law, impartiality or expedience to grant the
Carromero was transferred from Cuba to a Spanish jail in December last year
and a few weeks later the prisons service granted him relaxed "open
conditions" meaning he does not have to remain incarcerated.
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