Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Two British men held in Cuba freed

Raul Castro's government launched an anti-corruption crackdown in Cuba (AP/Ramon Espinosa)
Raul Castro's government launched an anti-corruption crackdown in Cuba (AP/Ramon Espinosa)

Two British businessman who faced corruption charges last month in Cuba have been freed after spending almost two years in captivity, the British Embassy said.

Amado Fakhre, who was executive director of the now closed Coral Capital Group, and Stephen Purvis, the investment firm's chief of operations, were arrested in 2011.

The company's offices were shut down during an anti-corruption crackdown by president Raul Castro's government.

Embassy spokesman Rhys Patrick said Purvis was freed on Monday and Fakhre on Wednesday following their trial last month.

Government officials have not released information about the men's court hearing, which was closed to the press. Half a dozen Cubans were also tried in the case.

Before it was closed, Coral Capital had joint ventures with Cuban government businesses in managing hotels around the island and represented a number of foreign car companies in Cuba.

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