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Cuba: Death Penalty: José Hassán Rojas

, Index number: AMR 25/025/2000

José Hassán Rojas may be facing imminent execution. The Supreme Court is now considering a final appeal, lodged by his mother: if it upholds the sentence, he could be executed at any time. He was reportedly sentenced to death in July 2000, for a murder committed in November 1998. He has consistently maintained his innocence. Prison doctors have told his mother that he gouged out both his eyes in protest at the sentence, and she says he is now totally blind.

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