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Cuba releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope's visit

Published 11/09/2015

An image of Che Guevara beside an altar under construction ahead of Pope Francis's visit to Havana. (AP)
An image of Che Guevara beside an altar under construction ahead of Pope Francis's visit to Havana. (AP)

Cuba's highest authority says it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week's visit by Pope Francis, the third time Cuba has granted inmates freedom before a papal visit.

The Council of State announced in state media that the prisoners to be freed include a mix of women, the under-20s, inmates suffering from illness and people whose terms were coming to an end next year.

The government will not release people convicted of serious crimes like murder, child sexual abuse or violations of state security. The final category is often applied to people considered political prisoners by international human rights groups.

The government says the group includes some foreigners whose home countries have agreed to repatriate them.

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