HAVANA – Official silence is surrounding the trial of a Canadian businessman involved in a corruption probe in Cuba as the proceedings enter their second day.
Sarkis Yacoubian is a businessman who partnered with the Cuban government on several ventures. He reportedly has been charged with bribery, tax evasion and "activities damaging to the economy," and faces up to 12 years in prison.
Yacoubian was seen entering a Havana special courthouse on Friday, escorted by three apparent plainclothes security agents. The Canadian ambassador again arrived to observe the proceedings.
The Cuban government has not commented on Yacoubian's case, even to acknowledge that a trial has begun.
Cuba's judicial system is known for its speedy trials behind closed doors, affording no access to the media.