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Cuba Frees Dissident Jailed in 2003 Crackdown

Another one of the 75 dissidents rounded up by Cuban authorities in March 2003 has been released from prison.

Relatives and opposition sources say dissident lawyer Mario Enrique Mayo Hernandez was freed Thursday for health reasons, bringing to 15 the number who have been released. He suffers from high blood pressure and other problems.

The 41-year-old Mayo had been serving a 20-year prison sentence. He and the other pro-democracy activists were arrested in a crackdown on the opposition.

They were later sentenced to terms ranging from six to 28 years in prison after being convicted on charges of working with and receiving money from the U.S. government to undermine Cuban President Fidel Castro. The activists and U.S. officials denied the charge.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.