Cuba upholds Salvadoran's conviction in bombings

Cuba's Supreme Court has upheld a Salvadoran man's 30-year prison sentence for a series of bombings that killed an Italian tourist in 1997.

The government web portal Cubadebate said Monday that the court found no irregularities in the trial of Francisco Chavez Abarca.

He was convicted in December of running a network of Central Americans to bomb tourist sites in Cuba. He was also found guilty of planting some of the bombs.

Havana blames Cuban-American exile groups for the attacks. Cuban state TV has aired a confession in which Chavez Abarca said he was hired by Luis Posada Carriles, an ex-CIA asset and the alleged mastermind of a 1976 Cuban airliner bombing.

Chavez Abarca was detained in Venezuela last July and extradited to Cuba.