is freed after 15 months in prison
Havana -- An independent Cuban journalist
arrested on charges of public disorder was
released after 15 months behind bars, a
New York-based reporters' advocacy group
The Committee to Protect Journalists said
Armando Betancourt Reina was released from
prison Monday in the central provincial
capital Camaguey. He is the third dissident
to be released in less than two weeks.
Betancourt, a little-known journalist who
contributed dispatches to the Miami-based
Web site Nueva Prensa Cuba, was detained
on May 23, 2006, while covering a family's
eviction in Camaguey. Police told Betancourt's
family that he had joined a protest against
the eviction, but he denies that.
"We are relieved that Armando Betancourt
Reina has been freed," CPJ Executive
Director Joel Simon said in a statement.
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