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3 Hijackers Were Killed to Deter U.S.-Backed Exodus, Castro Says

President Fidel Castro has defended the executions of three ferryboat hijackers as a deterrent to a mass exodus that he said the United States was trying to provoke in Cuba. The three men had commandeered a Havana commuter boat to try to reach the United States. Their attempt followed two successful hijackings of passenger planes to Florida within two weeks. They were executed by firing squad on April 11. The wave of hijackings had to be stopped radically,” Mr. Castro said on Cuban television on Friday night. He said Cuba had to apply the death sentence without hesitation to avoid further armed attempts by Cubans expecting to be received as heroes in the United States. Full Story

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