Cuba pardons 787 common prisoners at pope's request

HAVANA (AP) " The Cuban government has pardoned 787 common prisoners at the request of Pope Francis.

The Council of State headed by President Raul Castro said in a statement published Tuesday in state media that the prisoners affected were selected according to the crimes committed, their behavior while serving time and the time remaining on their sentences.

It said those pardoned did not include people convicted for homicide, rape, corruption of minors, drug trafficking or similar crimes. Women, youths and sick people received special consideration.

Authorities did not specify how many of those pardoned remain behind bars, or when they will be released if still incarcerated.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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