Max Marambio, a Chilean businessman who was close to President Salvador Allende of Chile, and the former Food Industry Minister Alejandro Roca were sentenced to 20 and 15 years in prison, respectively, for charges of corruption on Thursday.
Mr. Marambio was tried in absentia as he had refused to travel to Cuba in order to face the charges against him, although he was defended by a court-appointed lawyer. Mr. Maramibo stated that he was being tried by a bunch of thugs, referring to Raúl Castro, who took over for his brother Fidel in 2008. Raúl Castro has made efforts to fight corruption in one of the world’s last communist countries.
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