Cuba will free eight more political prisoners and send seven of them to Spain, the Catholic Church said on Saturday, as the government continued to release jailed dissidents.
One of the eight, Diosdado Gonzalez Marrero, will stay in Cuba, the Church said, despite Havana's urgings for all of them to leave the country.
Cuba's government views dissidents as mercenaries working for the United States and wants them out of the communist-led island.
Gonzalez was one of 52 prisoners still locked up from a 2003 government crackdown whom President Raul Castro agreed to release in a deal brokered by the Church last summer.
Spain agreed to take in those who were freed.
With his release, only five of the 52 remain in jail.
Cuba also has been releasing other prisoners -- now more than three dozen -- who were jailed for crimes linked mostly to attempts to flee the island or oppose the government.
President Raul Castro has said he wants to release all jailed dissidents, the presence of which has been one of Cuba's thorniest international problems.
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