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Cuban exile suspected of spying is deported

By wire services
Published April 20, 2005

MIAMI - A Cuban exile suspected of being a spy was deported Tuesday after a hunger strike to protest his detention, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement.

Juan Emilio Aboy, 43, was taken to Cuba on a U.S. government plane. It was not clear whether his wife accompanied him.

Aboy had been held for three years without criminal charges but faced immigration charges. He denied the spy claims.

He began his hunger strike on March 12, drinking only water to survive, while demanding his release. He was hospitalized at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital over the weekend and forced to receive saline solution intravenously.

Federal investigators claim Aboy was a courier for the Miami-based Wasp Network in the 1990s and was ordered to infiltrate the U.S. Southern Command.

Body found in search for couple missing in gulf

PENSACOLA - Searchers looking for a missing Pensacola couple in the Gulf of Mexico found a woman's body Tuesday. It was not immediately identified.

A recreational diver unconnected with the search also found the couple's 21-foot boat on the gulf bottom in 90 feet of water about 10 miles south of Pensacola, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

The commission, Coast Guard and the Escambia County Sheriff's Office were searching for Steve Garst, 27, and his fiancee, Lori Ullery, 20. They failed to return as planned Monday night from a fishing trip.

[Last modified April 20, 2005, 02:56:36]

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