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Cuba Releases Prominent Dissident

Cuba's dissident Oscar Elias Biscet makes the victory sign as he embraces his wife Elsa Morejon after being released from jail in Havana, Cuba, March 11, 2011

Cuba has released from prison one of its most prominent dissidents.

Oscar Elias Biscet was freed Friday and returned to his home in Havana. The 49-year-old physician was serving a 25-year sentence.

Biscet was part of a group of 52 dissidents arrested in a 2003 Cuban government crackdown on opponents.

Most of the 52 dissidents have been released in an accord reached with Cuba's Catholic Church last year. Many are living in exile in Spain, which agreed to accept them. Three of them remain imprisoned.

Cuban authorities view dissidents as mercenaries working for their archenemy, the United States.

For Biscet's opposition to Cuba's government, then-U.S. president George W. Bush awarded him the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in absentia in 2007.

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