Canadian tourist facing four years in Cuban jail has conviction overturned: wife

Canadian tourist facing four years in Cuban jail has conviction overturned: wife

MONTREAL – The wife of a Quebec man who was sentenced to four years in a Cuban jail following a boating accident that killed a fellow tourist says her husband’s conviction has been overturned.

But Kahina Bensaadi says Cuban authorities are still refusing to allow her husband to return home while the case is reinvestigated.

Toufik Benhamiche, 47, was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.

Bensaadi says Cuba’s highest court found flaws in a lower court’s handling of the case and reversed all its decisions, including Benhamiche’s conviction on a charge of criminal negligence causing death.

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MONTREAL – The wife of a Quebec man who was sentenced to four years in a Cuban jail following a boating accident that killed a fellow tourist says her husband’s conviction has been overturned.

But Kahina Bensaadi says Cuban authorities are still refusing to allow her husband to return home while the case is reinvestigated.

Toufik Benhamiche, 47, was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.

Bensaadi says Cuba’s highest court found flaws in a lower court’s handling of the case and reversed all its decisions, including Benhamiche’s conviction on a charge of criminal negligence causing death.

Now Bensaadi is calling on Canadian immigration officials to help allow her husband to return home while Cuban authorities decide whether to bring new charges.

The family has also filed a lawsuit in Canada against travel company Sunwing, alleging Benhamiche was given little instruction on how to operate the craft and was assured it was easy to use and by no means dangerous.