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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Two British men held in Cuba freed

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

Two British businessmen who were tried in Cuba in recent weeks on corruption charges have been freed, according to the UK embassy in Havana.

The men are Amado Fakhre, who was executive director of the Coral Capital company, and Stephen Purvis, who was chief of operations.

They were arrested two years ago in an anti-corruption crackdown by president Raul Castro's government.

Embassy spokesman Rhys Patrick said they were released this week.

Coral Capital partnered with government agencies on hotel management and represented car companies in Cuba until it was closed in 2011.

Government officials have not released information about the men's court hearing in late May, which was closed to the news media.

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