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Cuba to free 6 more dissidents

By Shasta Darlington, CNN
  • Catholic Church says Cuba to free 6 more dissidents soon
  • Cuba has agreed to free 52 political prisoners by mid-November
  • 21 dissidents have been released since last month

Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuba will soon free six more jailed dissidents, according to the Catholic Church, resuming its biggest release of political prisoners in more than a decade.

So far, 20 prisoners have been freed and flown to Spain as part of a deal brokered by Spain and the church last month. Another jailed dissident was taken to Miami, Florida.

"This will bring to 26 the number of prisoners who have accepted the proposal to leave prison and move to Spain," the archbishop of Havana's office said in a written statement.

Cuba agreed to free 52 political prisoners by mid-November. They were arrested during a crackdown on opposition in 2003.

Cuba says the prisoners were on the payroll of an enemy government, charged with trying to destabilize the country.

The Catholic Church provided a list of the six men to be freed, but did not specify a release date.