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Canadian teen detained in Cuba after car crash

Cuban law puts onus on driver to prove he’s not at fault


 

A 19-year-old Canadian man has been stuck in Cuba for four months and is facing up to three years in a Cuban prison after getting into a car accident that he says wasn’t his fault. Cody LeCompte of Simcoe, Ont. was visiting the communist country with his mother Dannette in April when the pair’s rented Hyundai was “broadsided” by a truck at an intersection. After the accident, police detained LeCompte in his hotel room because Cuban law requires drivers to prove in court that they are not at fault for an accident causing injury. His single mother is in Cuba alongside him, waiting for a court date to be set. She says she’s spent $30,000 on lawyers and other costs related to the four month extended stay. A Foreign Affairs Canada spokesperson told the Toronto Sun that it will not interfere in the judicial process of a foreign country. LeCompte will have to wait for a trial.

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Canadian teen detained in Cuba after car crash

  1. At least he's not a Poet, Cuba jails those guys indefinitely. Fascist family regimes are just like that, Canadians always gamble when they go there and this kid lost.

    • Ha, funny! Actually, Cuba pays artists a regular salary. But also they are in the process of releasing people who were jailed for speaking out against the system. By the way, do you take issue with all of the money we supply to fascist China when we buy their products? How about terrorist-supporting Saudi oil?

      • that's hilarious! you honestly believe an 'artist' being paid a regular salary by a fascist regime is an artist! LOL!

  2. I've been following this story with great interest, and am appalled that our goverment is taking such a casual attitude towards a situation where one of its citizens is being so unfairly treated. Surely the blatant corruption of this communist dictatorship calls for our involvement, to bring this innocent teen home safely. As proud as I am to be Canadian, I am ashamed of us all; we certainly don't have problems funneling our tourist dollars to this fascist regime that (obviously) show so little respect for us.

  3. Travelers beware! Cuba practices Napoleonic law-guilty until proven innocent.

  4. Well I wish this Lady and her son luck. I don't think our Government can do anything about this…we will have to do something by not going there and supporting their economy. I won't be going there anytime….

  5. While I agree that it is terrible to see this young man stuck in Cuba and the monetary plight that it has brought onto the family, I am even more disappointed to hear the lack of response from the Canadian Government, shame on them. This isn't the first time that a Canadian has needed assistance from their government while travelling abroad, yet everytime it seems that the government is either too afraid or unwilling to step up and protect the rights of its citizens. That being said, it is clearly indicated on the Foreign Affairs website that one of the dangers of Cuba can be the justice system, especially if you are driving in Cuba and are in a car accident. Unfortunately I don't believe many people take the time to read this website.

  6. I agree with the last two points – this kid and his mother were unfortunately not aware that other countries function MUCH different from Canada, where we are almost too relaxed on crime. That said, I do think that the government should be more vocal about WARNING Canadians that when they leave the country, they leave the Canadian Charter of Rights behind….

    Why do we continue to go to Cuba/Mexico or the plethora of other nations that have sub par justice systems?? All Canadians should put their money where their mouth is…and show countries that we won't spend our money where we aren't treated fairly !! There's hundreds of other places you can go…so start making a stand.

  7. Mr. Harper,

    You have lost the respect and trust of millions of Canadian voters .
    Count your days in office, as you will soon be shown the door for all your mishandlings.
    Mr. Harper, who kicks women out of his own party caucus, to be finally embarrased by his own RCMP..
    A Mr.Harper, who knows only as he does, how to squander a 1 billion dollar <G> summit unprecendented security system, which turned out to show his police state at work.
    A Mr.Harper who couldn't stand up to voice his disapproval, of Omar Khadr's, being detained forever at Guantanamo Bay.
    A Mr.Harper who is abandoning a 19 year old and hismother in CUBA.
    Mr. Harper, no one is asking you to do a military invasion of Cuba, Canadians do expect you to at least have your people put pressure on a government, who receives 80% of their tourist dollars from Canadians!
    I for one will not be going back this year as previously planned, until this 19 year old is back home.
    Canadians are not impressed by your diplomatic big talk.
    ACTIONS speak louder than words!!!!
    Mr. Harper, do the right thing, for once.

    Respectfully,
    Bob

  8. i will not travel to Cuba anymore , this is ridicules , Canadian government should interfere and do what ever they can , they usually slow , unless under pressure , and it is sad , shame to them , we go to Cuba to spend money and give that country a boast , can not accept that kind of behavior Cuba rely on tourist what else they have ? , please boycott Cuba , go somewhere else and Canada please act fast and do something .

  9. Shame to MR. Harper . I will not vote for his party he is only interesting on his own affair , shame on you Harper Government , do something and release the boy please .he is only 19 for God sake.

  10. Bob ,
    Shame on you for involving Mr. Harper.
    He never went over to Cuba and drove a car in that country knowing the risks.
    Anyone who drives outside of North America will get the same treatment.Anyone who witnesses an accident will be in Jail until it is solved,so you see nothing and say nothing.
    Bottom line stay on the compound and relax,let the natives drive for you if you have to go into town.
    I think Bob was involved with G20 and was a ring leader as he stirs up dirt ,get the facts Bob.

    • This is exactly why I am never travelling to Cuba again. If their people/government are going to keep treating Canadians unfairly, then our government should NOT allow us to enter their country. I mean seriously, Canadians are the reason why Cuban people are getting a little more money in their pocket, can't they just appreciate that? I'm sorry, but if cases like these are only going to continue, then we're going to have to be in the same situation that The United States are in with this country..

  11. It's not the Canadian Government's responsibility to "warn" us of other countries laws! That is something that should be researched before you leave our country. I understand that this is an unfortunate situation, but do not blame the Canadian Government for this family's irresponsibility.

  12. WARNING…WARNING…WARNING…STAY OUT!!!!!

    WOULD YOU SWIM IN THE SEA IF THERE WERE SHARK WARNINGS….THEN STAY OUT OF CUBA….THE CUBANS ARE TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM THERE AND ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES!!!! TOO MANY HORROR STORIES…TOO MANY…

    BEING CANADIAN, WE DON'T ALWAYS AGREE WITH AMERICAN GOVERNMENT OR WAYS, BUT I HATE TO ADMITT THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS ACTUALLY PROTECTING THERE PEOPLE AND I THINK OUR GOVENMENT SHOULD DO THE SAME.

    THANK YOU MR VOLPE AND STAFF FOR GETTING US OUT QUICKLY AND AFTER A SECURITY PERSON SEXUALLY ASSULT OUR FEMALE FRIEND.

    • WE ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT CIGARETTE SMOKING ON PACKAGES , WE SHOULD BE WARNED BY WEBSITES, TRAVEL AGENTS, GOVERNMENT ABOUT CUBA…THEN WE CAN MAKE A CHOICE…… THAT YOU MAY BE RETAINED!!!!

  13. you should never leave the resort in Cuba. Why do u think there are guys with machine guns guarding these places. They should leave that kid in jail for being stupid.

  14. many Cubans are imprisoned for years for simply expressing their beliefs. the injustices in Cuban prisons are outrageous. imagine in a country where you get shit wadges, putting all your effort in to do a good job? haha doubt that one!! these police and guards in cuba are a bunch of out of control hot heads that got a little power (the most power they can have in their country really) and went with it. you can read reports of guards beating, force feeding, ultimately humiliating these prisoners on a daily basis and when someone calls them out on it, Castro sets up a prison visit and deports all the political prisoners to other prisons not being visited. why? because thats what he does, hides everything to make his country look good.