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Detained Canadian teen to return home from Cuba

Canadian government warned Cuba of potential lost tourism


 

A 19-year-old Canadian stuck in Cuba since April will soon be free to go, says his aunt. Cody LeCompte was detained in his hotel room awaiting trial after his rental car was smashed by a truck at an intersection April 29. Under Cuban law, the onus is on the driver to prove their innocence and it can take months to get a hearing. The teen was not allowed to leave the country, causing his single mother to spend tens of thousands of dollars on motel bills, legal bills and other expenses over the past three months. Peter Kent, junior foreign affairs minister, wrote to a Cuban official Wednesday informing them that the incident could dissuade Canadians from traveling to Cuba. Canadian tourism is a vital industry for the cash-starved socialist nation.

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Detained Canadian teen to return home from Cuba

  1. "Peter Kent, junior foreign affairs minister, wrote to a Cuban official Wednesday informing them that the incident could dissuade Canadians from traveling to Cuba."

    And if we lived in a country with smarter people, Canadians would stop going to Cuba and funding these corrupt gangsters. There are lots of lovely Caribbean islands to choose from, stop supporting communism.

    • Agreed. Going to Cuba isn't even particularly cheap compared to other options.

    • All things considered, Cuba's actually one of the better off Caribbean islands….they've done very well when you compare them to their poverty and crime stricken non-communist neighbour islands. It's a beautiful country, with very kind people. Unlike the other islands, violent crime against tourists is almost non-existent. These are the kind of people I like supporting, and visit Cuba whenever I can. If you can put your ideology aside to experience something new, I highly encourage you to give Cuba a chance. You'll never know if you don't go…

  2. Totalitarian family regimes like Castroland should be starved of tourists, hopefully they will keep discouraging them.

  3. Cuba is a great and beautiful country to visit. If you want, you can find reasons why you shouldn't visit any country.

    The people of Cuba are incredibly warm and know how to enjoy life, something we have forgotten with all of our material wealth.

    • Condescending.

    • Yeah, they can enjoy life as long as it doesn't go against the Government. Hmmmm….if it's such a Paradise there..why do people risk life and limb trying to get out! You don't see people risking their lives tryting to get IN to Cuba!!

  4. this is an example of another dumb Canadian thinking he has the freedom to run around another country with an international drivers license.doe not know the rules of the road and thinks he is protected by his passport. Live and Learn but i do not want my tax dollars bailing you out or defending you for being ignorant of the law.It doesn't work here and it doesn't work there

    • i believe if you are in any country and have commited a crime or in this case possibly careless driving, you could be held to stand trial……why does people think that this only happens in Cuba.

    • Its too bad that you label the young man who was held in Cuba for months “dumb” and “ignorant” when u obviously don’t know the facts. How do u know that he had committed any traffic violations? You don’t even know that the accident was his fault. The police did not even show up to the crash site, but went to the hospital for questioning.

      Corey, the Canadian teen in this case was slammed by a dump truck and he was severely injured and needed hospitalization. The driver of the truck was actually unharmed. In Cuba each driver must have their own insurance and their insurance will pay for each one’s car, regardless of who was at fault.

      “Accidents resulting in death or injury are treated as crimes, and the onus is on the driver to prove innocence. Regardless of the nature of the accident, it can take five months to a year for a case to go to trial. In most cases, the driver will not be allowed to leave Cuba until the trial has taken place”

      Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/ontario-teen-stuck-in-cuba-indefinitely-after-car-crash-1.527846#ixzz2PvSHX000

      In addition to all this, the mother of the driver was later told that drivers must be 21 to rent a car, but the rental agency allowed Cody to drive even though his licence showed him to be 19.

      Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/bob-rae-wants-more-help-for-canadian-stuck-in-cuba-1.535480#ixzz2PvXlXlN8