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No one was hurt but these 3 guys get executed?? Wow - I guess life under Communism isn't so grand after all
Cuba Executes 3 Men Charged with Ferry Hijacking

The Associated Press
Friday, April 11, 2003; 1:34 PM


HAVANA - Three men charged with terrorism for hijacking a passenger ferry April 2 were executed Friday after summary trials, the government reported.

The men were prosecuted Tuesday in summary trials for "very grave acts of terrorism" and given several days to appeal their sentences, according to a statement read on state television.

However, the sentences were upheld both by Cuba's Supreme Tribunal and the ruling Council of State, and were carried out at dawn Friday, the statement said.

Another four men received life sentences, it said.

No one was hurt when the group, reportedly armed with at least one pistol and several knives, seized the ferry and its 50 passengers in Havana Bay early April 2 and ordered the captain to sail to the United States.

Later that day, the 45-foot ferry Baragua ran out of fuel in the high seas of the Florida Straits, and officers on two Cuban Coast Guard patrol boats that chased them there tried to persuade the hijackers to return to the island.

The hijackers allegedly threatened to throw passengers from the boxy, flat-bottomed boat overboard but soon agreed to let the ferry be towed 30 miles back to Cuba's Mariel port for refueling.

After the boat was docked in Mariel, west of Havana, Cuban authorities eventually gained control of the ferry April 3 and arrested the suspects after a quick-thinking French woman hostage jumped into the water to confuse her captors.

The standoff ended with all the hostages, then the suspects, jumping into the water.

The Baragua was hijacked a day after a Cuban passenger plane was hijacked to Key West, Fla., by a man who allegedly threatened to blow up the aircraft with two grenades. The grenades turned out to be fake.

Ten of the Cubans aboard that flight opted to remain in the United States and 19 others asked to go home.

Another Cuban plane was hijacked to Key West less than two weeks earlier.

The hijackings coincided with a crackdown on dissidents in Cuba and rising tensions with the United States.
Activist Alert 11.Apr.2003 14:16

tinytim

We need to get some peace activists and human shields to cuba fast to stop these types of attrocites! lets hold a rally and come up with some chants...asap

protesting against a fellow commie? 11.Apr.2003 14:31

sdf

you can't protest against a fellow commie like Fidel...

they take away your ACLU card and not validaite your wind chime of the month club card..

wow 11.Apr.2003 14:45

someone

At least they gave the illusion of a trial... the US just executes terrorists without a trial. Still, maybe we have mroe in common than we thought.

Isn't this law and order? 11.Apr.2003 22:21

thintheherd

Isn't this what you law and order boys say you want? Shorter death penalty appeals, more executions ? Especially for acts of TERRORISM no less.

Hey, maybe you guys are the commies, and we're the good Americans?

Another Pair of Parasitic Parrots 11.Apr.2003 22:57

karlof1

It's clear that "Bill" and "tinytim" are one in the same: look at the time stamps. As for executing terrorists, the Cubans would very much like to get several living in the lap of luxury--Florida--courtesy of the US taxpayer extradited so they can stand trial, which is why the "Cuban 5" were here to begin with. There's far more one could flame these fools with, but that's just a waste of time.

Also 12.Apr.2003 07:58

ranger

I heard that Cuba has recently been plagued with US-based government troll attempting to incite dissension. Again, the US has nothing better to do than strong arm everyone else.

From the article YOU posted... 13.Apr.2003 09:20

ok

"Ten of the Cubans aboard that flight opted to remain in the United States and 19 others asked to go home."

So ALL of the passengers had the opportunity to stay in the good ole US of A, but the majority chose NOT to and ASKED to returned to Cuba. Hmmm. What's that all about?