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Youth politician held after Cuban car crash

Modig back on 'European soil'

Updated tisdag 31 juli 2012 kl 14.45
Published måndag 30 juli 2012 kl 18.25
Aron Modig listening to an interpreter at Monday's press conference in Havana. Photo: Franklin Reyes/Scanpix.

Aron Modig, the Swedish politician who has been held in Cuba for a police investigation into a car crash, was set free Monday and has now arrived in Europe. Writing on Twitter, the chairman of the Christian Democrats' youth organisation (KDU), said he had "European soil" under his feet.

Meanwhile, AFP reports that the Spanish politician Angel Carromero, who drove the car carrying Modig and two Cuban dissidents when it went off the road, has been charged with homicide in connection with the accident.

It had been rumoured that the car was forced off the road and into a tree.

At a press conference on Cuba Monday, Modig denied he had seen any other car before the crash. He also revealed that he had travelled to the country to fund the opposition.

"I have understood that such things are illegal on Cuba, and I want to apologize for coming here and carrying out illegal activities," Modig said.

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