Cuba releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis's visit

September 12, 2015 4:28 AM

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Cuba releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis's visit

HAVANA: Cuba announced Friday that it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week's visit by Pope Francis, the third time Cuba has granted inmates freedom before a papal trip.

The Council of State announced in state media Friday that the prisoners to be freed include a mix of women, people younger than 20, inmates suffering from illnesses and people whose terms were coming to an end next year.

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