Cuba has pardoned 787 prisoners in response to a call by Pope Francis to consider granting inmates amnesty
Those pardoned include female, young and sick prisoners but not those who have committed “Extremely Dangerous” crimes such as murder or rape.
The statement on the front page of Granma said the Council of State, had issued the pardons “in response to the call by Pope Francis to heads of state in the holy year of mercy”.
It said that when it came to choosing which prisoners to free, the council of state had taken the crimes they had committed, their conduct and years served so far.
Excluded were those convicted of “Murder, Corrupting Minors, Rape, Drug Trafficking and other extremely dangerous crimes”.