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Spain: Freed Cuban political prisoners to arrive Tuesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
The wives of jailed Cuban dissidents  - known as the Ladies in White - pray in Havana's Fifth Avenue on Sunday.
The wives of jailed Cuban dissidents - known as the Ladies in White - pray in Havana's Fifth Avenue on Sunday.
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  • The dissidents were detained during a 2003 crackdown
  • Release follows visit by Spanish foreign minister
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Madrid, Spain (CNN) -- The first of 52 political prisoners to be released in Cuba are scheduled to arrive Tuesday in Spain on two commercial flights, a Spanish Foreign Ministry spokesman told CNN on Monday.

Though the tally is subject to change, Spain is expecting seven released dissidents and their family members, the spokesman said.

The arriving Cubans will receive residency permission and working papers, which is not political asylum, the spokesman said. The permission would allow the dissidents to return to Cuba at some point if they wanted.

Six of the dissidents and their family are scheduled to arrive on one flight. The seventh will be on another flight, accompanied by family members.

CNN's Al Goodman and Claudia Rebaza contributed to this report.