Cuba seeks 15-year sentence for French businessman accused of money laundering

13:17, July 06, 2011      

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Cuban prosecutors are seeking a 15-year sentence for a French businessman accused of money laundering, an official release said Tuesday night.

The French contractor Jean-Louis Autret was also charged with forgery, currency smuggling, illegal economic activity and tax evasion.

The source added the sentence will be issued in a few days.

Autret was arrested on April 7, 2009 and his file was kept secret. Thus his lawyer Menelao Mora had only 40 days to study the case and 15 days to prepare for his defense before the trial, which was held from June 28 to July 3.

Autret is married to a Cuban and has been living on the island for 15 years. There, "he advised foreign entrepreneurs interested in important sectors of the Cuban economy," his family says.

He was jailed at the Countess prison, 70 km south of Havana, and kept in good, healthy conditions, according to Mora, who pled "not guilty."

Source: Xinhua
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