Spanish Gov. on Carromero Sentencing

HAVANA TIMES — Spanish political activist Carromero Angel was sentenced to four years in prison in Cuba for manslaughter in the traffic accident that killed dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero. The sentence is three years less than what the prosecutor had requested during the October 5 trial in the city of Bayamo.

The Consulate of Spain in Cuba said on Monday it was “relatively satisfied” with the “sensible reduction” of the sentence handed down against Carromero, reported the EFE news agency.

See: Carromero gets 4 years for Cuban dissidents’ death

Spanish Consul General Tomas Rodriguez-Pantoja said that since it is a sentence of less than five years, there exists a “range of options” for implementing a bilateral agreement on complying with the sanction and for seeking some other kind of agreement.

“We will work so that (Carromero) can return (to Spain) in one way or another,” said the diplomat.

According to sources that spoke with EFE, the defense will work on all possible legal measures to insist on an acquittal of the Spanish citizen or his return to his country as soon as possible.