A Cuban court has convicted 15 government officials and businessmen of corruption and bribery involving the state-owned airline and tourism agency, receiving sentences ranging from three to ten years.

Amongst those convicted was Marcel Marambio, a Chilean businessman with close ties to the government, who was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for fraud, bribery and falsification of documents, according to the state media. Mr. Marambio was president of Son Y Son, a tourism agency that was jointly owned by the Cuban state and Chilean investors.  

Mr. Marambio’s brother, Max Marambio, who is a former revolutionary and a close friend of Fidel Castro’s, was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison earlier this year, in an unrelated matter.