Freedom for Cuba's longest-serving political prisoner

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Freedom for Cuba's longest-serving political prisoner

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Cuba is preparing to free its longest-held political prisoner.

It is the latest in a wave of recent releases.

Adrian Alvarez has served 25 years of a 30 year sentence.

He was charged with planning to carry out military action.

Two other men are also expected to be freed with him.

The 44-year-old’s father, also called Adrian Alvarez, said had had waited months for the announcement: “He was due to get out in August, and in then September and nothing happened. Now they have given me this joy! You can’t imagine the pleasure that this has given me!”

Peace protestors have been calling for the release of all of Cuba’s political prisoners.

Fifty have been freed since July, when Spain’s Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, visited Cuba and met with the Archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega.

Under the release deal with Cuban President Raul Castro all former prisoners must leave the island.

However, many of those still behind bars are resisting the government’s demand that they go Spain.