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Cablegate: Cuban Dissident Samartino May Go to Norway

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SUBJECT: CUBAN DISSIDENT SAMARTINO MAY GO TO NORWAY

REF: JANUARY 2007 ASDARS

1. (U) La Paz leading daily newspaper La Razon and the Human
Rights Foundation (HRF) reported on February 28 that Norway
has agreed to provide asylum to expelled Cuban dissident
Amauris Samartino (aka Amauri Sanmartino) who is currently
residing in Colombia. According to the HRF, the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) informed
Samartino of Norway's offer on February 23. Samartino was
granted legal resident (not refugee) status in Bolivia in
October 2001. The GOB arrested Samartino for anti-GOB
activities on December 24, 2006 and eventually deported him
to Colombia on January 9 after UNHCR intervened in the case.
On February 2, the Bolivian Constitutional Tribunal ruled the
GOB's arrest, detention and deportation of Samartino illegal,
opening up the possibility that he could return to Bolivia.
On February 3, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera stated
that while the GOB respects the court's decision, it would
not allow Samartino to return to Bolivia. To date, Samartino
remains in Colombia. Samartino's wife, Normina Chavez, states
he may travel to Norway in the next few weeks.
GOLDBERG

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