Cuba sets prison terms for stolen alcohol deaths

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has sentenced more than a dozen islanders in connection with a case of poisonous black-market alcohol that killed 11 and sickened nearly 100.

Communist Party daily Granma says sentences of 27 and 30 years were handed down to two guards at the University of Havana's Institute of Pharmacy and Foods.

They were accused of stealing 60 liters of methyl alcohol and convicted of theft, negligent homicide and causing grave injury.

Granma said Wednesday that others received lesser terms ranging from a few months to five years. The Institute's dean and other officials were dismissed from their posts.

Cuba occasionally reports incidents of mass poisonings from food or moonshine liquor.

This case emerged last July after dozens of people went to emergency rooms with symptoms of severe poisoning.

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