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Jul 30, 2003

15 Cubans deported back to Havana

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Fifteen Cubans who had fled their country in boats and washed up in Belize were today deported to Havana. The illegal immigrants, who had been cooling their heels in Hattieville prison, sought political asylum here, but under long standing agreements between Belize and Cuba, they were sent home. This morning the handcuffed deportees were placed aboard a pair of chartered Maya Island Air Cessna Caravans for the three and a half hour non-stop flight. It is believed that upon arrival the Cubans will be interrogated regarding the details of their illegal departure and then sentenced to short jail terms.

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