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4 Cuban Plotters Are Freed by Panama

Panama’s outgoing president Thursday freed four Cuban exiles convicted of plotting to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, triggering outrage in Havana, where officials severed relations with Panama and warned the U.S. that giving refuge to the men would show complicity in terrorism. Two planes chartered by a prominent member of the Cuban exile community in Miami ferried the pardoned men from Panama City, flying three of them, all holders of U.S. passports, back to jubilant friends and families at Florida’s Opa-Locka Airport. The fourth and most controversial, Luis Posada Carriles, was taken to an undisclosed foreign location. Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso signed the clemency decree Wednesday, a week before she is to cede the office to Martin Torrijos, son of late strongman and former Castro ally Gen. Omar Torrijos. Moscoso’s decision was made public after the men’s release and departure early Thursday. Full Story

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