Cubans jailed for up to two years for selling gasoline on social media

In the current fuel shortage in Cuba, Cuban authorities sentenced a group of people who sold gasoline through social media to up to two years in prison.

Note from the Provincial Court of Havana, cited on the official website cubeThe police and the prosecutor’s office brought several criminal complaints to court, followed by 15 alleged speculative crimes, pointing out that the current fuel crisis was an aggravating factor in “speculation” crime.

At least 13 of them are dedicated to Petrol sales According to the note, prices range from 350 to 600 cents per liter through social media.

Investigations were expedited. On June 1, the Diez de Octubre Municipal People’s Court held 10 hearings where 15 accused were tried, and after these hearings “the acting judges held 13 accused responsible and decided to acquit two of those involved.”

“Sentences ranging from one year to four months to two years of deprivation of liberty (on 11 persons) were imposed, and in two cases, correctional labor without detention,” the information underlined.

The presumptive offense provided for in Section 310 of the present Penal Code, “sale of fuel, took place in a complicated situation compounded by scarcity of fuel; It explains that “increased” as the determining factor of the existence of an exceptional situation in the country.

“At the time of applying the sentences to the accused, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 312 of the said Act, it is agreed to increase the sanction structure provided for the above classification of offences,” it said.

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The defendants’ fuel was also confiscated, their rights were revoked and they were banned from leaving the country.

Amid the island’s fuel crisis, Govt The sale of 40 liters of petrol was rationed and 100 oil per person.

For weeks now, queues to buy fuel have reached several blocks in Havana, while in other provinces fuel sales to individuals have been suspended because “the country is getting less than half of what it needs to function relatively normally,” government officials said.

Esmond Harmon

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