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Cuban Prosecutors Seek Long Sentences in Mexican Embassy Incident

Cuban prosecutors are reported to be seeking long prison sentences for the ringleaders of a group of men who stormed the Mexican Embassy three years ago seeking asylum.

Prosecutors have asked for sentences ranging from five to 12 years for most of the 23 men accused in the incident. But their family members said Thursday prosecutors want tougher, 20-year sentences for alleged leaders Pedro Plasenica Achon and Ramon Mendez Sosa.

Associated Press reports a ruling is expected in about a month.

In February of 2002, the men allegedly crashed a bus through the gates of the embassy, spurred on by reports Mexico was offering asylum to all Cubans. The men were arrested two days later when Cuban police raided the embassy.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.