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  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is pleased to advise that nine of the eleven Jamaican nationals incarcerated in Cuba have been pardoned by the Cuban Government and will return to Jamaica in the coming days.
  • In an announcement on 11th September 2015, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba advised that, on the occasion of the upcoming visit to Cuba of Pope Francis, some 3,522 prisoners would be granted pardons.
  • The Ministry recognises with appreciation this gesture of goodwill by the Cuban Government.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is pleased to advise that nine of the eleven Jamaican nationals incarcerated in Cuba have been pardoned by the Cuban Government and will return to Jamaica in the coming days.

In an announcement on 11th September 2015, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba advised that, on the occasion of the upcoming visit to Cuba of Pope Francis, some 3,522 prisoners would be granted pardons. It is understood that the decision was taken by the Council of State on the basis of criteria determined by the responsible Ministries of the Cuban Government.

The nine Jamaicans who have been pardoned include eight men and one woman who were held for various offences, including possession of drugs and trafficking. Minimum sentences handed down for such crimes start at 10 years and can exceed 25 years.

Upon receipt of the formal notification from the Cuban Foreign Ministry, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica and the Embassy of Jamaica in Havana informed the next of kin who were designated as such by those incarcerated. The Ministry and the Jamaican Embassy in Havana have assisted the pardoned prisoners and their families in the requisite procedures and formalities for the return to Jamaica. The members of the group are scheduled to begin departing Havana in short order.

The Ministry recognises with appreciation this gesture of goodwill by the Cuban Government.