U.S. forensic experts conclude successful visit to Cuba

According to the IML director, the visitors left Cuba highly impressed by the level of development achieved in forensic sciences

May 28 (Granma) Director of Cuba’s Institute of Forensic Medicine, Sergio Rabell, reported a visit to the island by members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, during which they exchanged experiences with their Cuban counterparts.

The academy has been trying to maintain relations with Cuba for the last 25 years with work toward this end accelerating in 2015, Rabell stated.

According to the IML director, the delegation’s trip was not related to the May 18 air disaster, but rather to exchange with Cuban colleagues in the context of the U.S. society’s 70th anniversary and 60 years since the founding of the IML.

Nonetheless, members arrived as investigations into the May 18 crash continue. In this regard Rabell noted that the visitors offered their help and support to Cuban experts, while “Their President, Susan Ballou, told us that they were ready and willing to work on the case if necessary,” stated the Cuban official.

During their visit, the U.S. delegation undertook a broad program of activities which included visits to the IML and Havana’s Psychiatric Hospital, where they received detailed information about the institution’s forensic psychiatry work.

Cuban experts also shared details of investigations in to the alleged “sonic attacks” on U.S. diplomats, which has been used as an excuse by Washington to increase hostility toward the island.

According to Rabell, specialists answered questions from the U.S. delegation and reiterated once again that such attacks did not take place.

According to the IML director, the visitors left Cuba highly impressed by the level of development achieved in forensic sciences, but regretful that it had not been possible to hold this kind of encounter sooner.

(With information from Prensa Latina)

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