Cuban Highjackers Get Life Sentences

BBC news reports today that the two Cuban soldiers who attempted to hijack an airliner in May were sentenced by a military tribunal to life in prison.

Sergeants Leandro Cerezo Sirut, 20, and Yoan Torres Martinez, 21, received life in jail in the attempted hijacking that left two people dead at Havana’s Jose Marti airport’s international terminal this past May 3. The two were part of a group of armed conscripts who fled their military base hoping to escape to the United States on a hijacked airplane. --Joanne Green