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Hell in Cuba for one former Expat

theguardian.com/Stephen Gibbs / Speaking to me from Myanmar (more about that later) Purvis recalls his early Havana years. “It felt like another era,” he says. “No internet. No TV. No shopping.” The family adapted well to their new life. Home was a handsome 1950s villa, soon full with their four children. Saturdays would be spent by the pool at the beach club. The son of a theatrical designer, Purvis also dabbled in theatre himself, producing the Cuban dance show Havana Rakatan, which performed successfully for several years in London. No one, of course, imagined that those halcyon days would end so abruptly, with Purvis imprisoned in what he describes as a “zoo” for enemies of the state. But that is how it turned out. The title of his powerful memoir, Close but No Cigar, is his own admission of just how badly life can go wrong.

I last saw Purvis in Havana in 2011, a few weeks before his arrest, at a New Year’s Eve party (I had been the BBC’s correspondent in Cuba between 2002 and 2007). The arrival of the New Year is a big deal in Cuba, partly because it coincides with the anniversary of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Two of President Raúl Castro’s daughters were at the event. Read Article

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Expat in Ecuador Arrested and extradited to U.S. for attempted murder

Suspect used several aliases, was well-known in the U.S. expats communities in Cuenca as well as on the coast. charlotteobserver.com By Joe Marusak A 62-year-old man who fled to Ecuador after being charged with attempted first-degree murder has been extradited back to Burke County after at least two years on the lam. Dean Allen Yancey [...]

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Cuenca Ecuador: U.S. Expatriate detained, wanted by FBI in U.S. for Sex Crimes

eltiempo.com.ec reported this afternoon the Police Administration of Azuay, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Migration and National Police arrested the US citizen RM Godwin, who is wanted by the justice of his country. The arrest took place abroad outside the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then transferred to Immigration for immediate [...]

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Thailand: 22 elderly expats detained for playing bridge, suspected of gambling

Unusual suspects: Two elderly Australians among tourist bridge players arrested in Thailand smh.com.au reported – Bangkok: Two Australians were among 32 aging Westerners arrested and detained for 12 hours for playing bridge in Pattaya, a Thai seaside resort city renowned for its seedy nightlife. More than 40 police, soldiers and local officials disrupted the genteel [...]

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U.S. Expat detained Peru for Sexual exploitation, trafficking, sex tourism

U.S. citizen detained as major player in sex trafficking and exploitation of minors – elcomercio.pe reported Joshua David Brown AKA La Bestia’(The Beast) The Third Court of National Research School extended the preliminary detention of US citizen Joshua David Brown and three other defendants to integrate criminal gang involved the trafficking and sexual exploitation of [...]

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Kuwait: 25 expats arrested for unlawful acts

news.kuwaittimes.net reported after receiving information about flats being used as brothels, detectives went to Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hasawi and arrested 25 expats, including nine women, for offensive acts. All were sent to concerned authorities. Read Article

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Expat from U.S. arrested in Costa Rica for illegal gold mining in national park

news.co.cr reported a security task force convened by the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP) in Costa Rica arrested a citizen from the United States who will be charged with crimes against nature. According to an official press release by the MSP, the U.S. expat was apprehended along with a citizen of Costa Rica; [...]

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Hong Kong: Expat arrested for causing death in car accident

thejakartapost.com reported a senior foreign banker was arrested in Hong Kong after crashing his Ferrari in a car park and allegedly killing a security guard in the collision, reports said Wednesday. Police said the 48-year-old driver, identified by the South China Morning Post as Robert Ebert, the head of equities for Asia Pacific at Deutsche [...]

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U.S.: Former Expat in Ecuador Sentenced to Prison in sex trafficking scheme

On 06-25-2014, Patrick R. Minga, plead guilty to attempting to induce and facilitate, for his own financial gain, the travel of an individual from Florida, to Quito, Ecuador for the purpose of that individual to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minor girls. Sentencing was scheduled for November 20, 2014 and continued to February 5, [...]

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Argentina rules U.S. expat can be extradited in murder case

theguardian.com reported Argentina’s supreme court has ruled that an American who took refuge and started a new life in the South American country can be extradited to face charges that he killed his wife more than a decade ago, a court spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. Kurt Sonnenfeld moved to Argentina in 2003, after prosecutors in [...]

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