CUBA: Fastest Gun in Havana

Fidel Castro is plainly convinced that in the realm of definitive justice, nothing beats a firing squad—even if Cuba's constitution forbids capital punishment. Last week he announced that his government would draft a new law demanding firing-squad executions for embezzlers of government money.

He had a case in mind, Castro said. An official of his Ministry for the Recovery of Stolen Property—"someone that we know"—had accepted a bribe of $400,000 for unfreezing a frozen bank account of more than $900,000. "We are studying the case in order to execute him," said the...

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