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Cuba sentences 2nd Chilean businessman to 15 years

2nd Chilean businessman sentenced in absentia; 15 years as part of Cuban
corruption case

On Monday June 6, 2011, 9:35 pm EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban court sentenced a second Chilean businessman to
prison for corruption following a trial in absentia, authorities
announced Monday.

Marcel Marambio was given 15 years for fraud, bribery and falsification
of documents in a case related to the operation of a travel agency, said
an official message read on the nightly newscast of Cuba's state television.

"Marambio Rodriguez took advantage of the mixed company Sol y Son Viajes
SA to defraud the Cuban side (of the venture) for his own gain, hiding
information and bribing Cuban officials so they would go along with his
shady dealings," it said.

Fifteen people of Cuban nationality received 3- to 10-year sentences.

Cuban authorities said last year that Marambio was living in the Chilean
capital, Santiago. He was identified as vice president of Compania
International Network Group, a Chile-based conglomerate whose interests
included Rio Zaza, a Cuban food distributor co-owned with Cuba's government.

Marambio is the brother of Max Marambio, who last month was sentenced to
20 years — also in absentia — in a corruption case involving Rio Zaza.

Max Marambio, a revolutionary-turned-businessman and longtime friend of
former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, denied the charges and called them
politically motivated.

Former Cuban Food Minister Alejandro Roca Iglesias got 15 years in the
same case.

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