Cuba: Canadian Tourist Detained for flying drone, released after nearly two weeks in jail

Posted on October 26, 2016 • Filed under: Cuba, Tourist Arrested reported as Chris Hughes lay in the dark two-by-two-metre cell, with no electricity, a small hole in the wall for a window and just a hole in the ground for a toilet, he wondered if his wife Grace and three young children knew he was still alive.

“Nobody knew I was there,” he said. “I had disappeared. I thought, my family must think I’m dead.”

On Sept. 30, a few days before the Canadian man found himself in a Cuban detention centre, Hughes had flown a drone above the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana.

A photographer with a media business in Toronto, Hughes said he had been travelling through the Americas, previously going to Panama and Colombia. He had brought a drone with him, which he used to shoot photos and videos. He said he did not have any issues using it the drone in other countries, and no problems bringing it in through Cuban customs on Sept. 28. But two days later, the drone proved to be a significant problem. Read Full Article

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