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Prosecution Seeks 20-Year Sentence for Former Aeronautics Official

August 30, 1987

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A Cuban prosecutor asked Saturday for a 20-year prison sentence for Luis Orlando Dominguez, a former aeronautics official on trial on corruption charges, the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina said.

The agency said 22 witnesses testified against Dominguez, former president of the Cuban Civil Aeronautics Institute, and two other defendants during a two-day trial in the People’s Tribunal of Havana. Dominguez admitted guilt, Prensa Latina said in a dispatch received in Mexico City, but it made no mention of the amount of funds allegedly involved in the scandal.

Dominguez was charged with misappropriation of funds, abuse of authority, misuse of state funds and falsification of public documents, according to the report.

Prosecutor Jorge Bodes Torres asked for 10-year sentences for Jose Antonio Maique Diaz and Jose Dalmau Alarcon, charged with being Dominguez’ accomplices, Prensa Latina reported.

It said the court would announce the verdicts and sentencing in the next few days.

Dominguez was removed from office June 17 and arrested the next day. On June 25, President Fidel Castro gave a detailed report of the case on national radio and television.

The case has been described by Communist Cuba’s state-controlled news media as a major part of the nation’s anti-corruption campaign.

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