Cuba Frees Jailed Canadian Businessman

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian businessman who served 2 1/2 years of a 9-year prison sentence in Cuba for corruption has returned to Canada.

Sarkis Yacoubian, president of Tri-Star Caribbean import company, said Saturday that he's extremely happy and excited to be home in Toronto. However, he says he is still adjusting after he was given only 24 to 48 hours' notice before his release.

Yacoubian was arrested in 2011 by Cuban authorities but only formally charged in April 2013 with bribery, tax evasion and "activities damaging to the economy."

Caitlin Workman, a spokeswoman with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, confirmed that they were aware of his release, saying that he is home in Canada with his family.

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