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Judge Allows Spy to Stay in Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to allow a convicted Cuban spy to remain in Cuba permanently in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

The decision made today by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard means that the first of the so-called Cuban Five spy ring will be returning to his homeland for good. Four other men remain imprisoned in the U.S.

Rene Gonzalez was released from prison in October 2011 but was serving three years' probation.  The Justice Department initially denied his request to serve probation in Cuba.

Officials dropped their opposition when Gonzalez offered to renounce his citizenship. Gonzalez arrived in Cuba recently for what was supposed to be a temporary trip to attend his father's funeral.

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