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Cuba Releases 6th Imprisoned Dissident This Week

A Cuban independent journalist has become the sixth imprisoned dissident to be freed by Cuba's communist government this week.

Relatives of Edel Jose Garcia say he was freed Thursday following a medical checkup at a prison hospital in Havana. Few other details were given.

The six dissidents that have been freed this week are among 75 pro-democracy activists jailed last year after a government crackdown.

Among those freed earlier this week were well-known dissident writer and poet Raul Rivero, opposition politician Osvaldo Alfonso Valdes and economist and journalist Oscar Espinoso Chepe.

The men were sentenced to lengthy jail terms on charges they conspired with the United States to overthrow President Fidel Castro.

On Wednesday, at least 18 other jailed Cuban activists were transferred to a prison hospital in Havana amid speculation they may also be released.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.