Attorney: Canada businessman home after released by Cuba

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

HAVANA (AP) — Attoreny Barry Papazian says businessman Cy Tokmakjian has returned to Canada after being released from prison in Cuba.

Papazian says in a statement that Tokmakjian has returned home for the first time in three years. He says Tokmakjian and his family will have no additional comment at this time.

Tokmakjian had been sentenced to 15 years in prison in Cuba on corruption charges. He is the owner of the Ontario-based automotive company Tokmakjian Group.

His family has said in the past that the charges against him were concocted as an excuse to seize the automotive firm's $100 million in assets in Cuba. The company's Cuban offices were raided in 2011 as the government launched an anti-graft drive that swept up foreign business executives from at least five nations.