14 Jul 2010

First freed prisoners from Cuba now in Spain

6:13 am on 14 July 2010

The first of a group of political prisoners Cuba has agreed to free, are now in Spain's capital, Madrid.

The seven men arrived with their families on two commercial flights.

The release of the 52 dissidents, who were jailed as part of a government crackdown in 2003, was brokered last week by the Catholic Church and Spain.

Cuba came under international pressure to free them after a jailed dissident starved himself to death this year to draw attention to their plight.