(EFE).- A court in Havana sanctioned 13 people with sentences of up to 2 years in prison for reselling fuel in the middle of a severe shortage crisis that has affected Cuba for two months, official media reported this Friday.
According to a statement from the People’s Provincial Court of Havana, cited by cubadebate, two people will serve their sentence with correctional work, while 11 more will go to prison. The minor prison sentence is one year and four months.
In total, 15 people were tried -two were acquitted- for the crime of speculation. The sentence is not final, so it can still be appealed.
Those sanctioned -according to the court- sold the fuel on the island’s widespread black market at prices ranging from 350 to 600 pesos per liter, that is, more than 20 times the price at service stations.
According to the court, the 11 sanctioned were increased “the sanctioning frameworks” taking into account that the crimes “were committed in a complex scenario.”
This situation has led several Cubans to resell the liters they manage to get at exorbitant prices as a quick way to get cash. The country is also going through a deep economic crisis that has worsened since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
According to the court, the 11 sanctioned were increased “the sanctioning frameworks” taking into account that the crimes “were committed in a complex scenario, nuanced by the scarcity of fuels.”
The Cuban government reported at the end of April that the lack of fuel would continue until May due to “non-compliance by supplying countries.”
Collaborate with our work:
The team of 14ymedio He is committed to doing serious journalism that reflects the reality of deep Cuba. Thank you for accompanying us on this long road. We invite you to continue supporting us, but this time becoming a member of our newspaper. Together we can continue transforming journalism in Cuba.