A COURT IN Cuba has sentenced several government officials to prison terms of between five and 15 years for stealing and selling millions of eggs on the black market.
Prosecutors last week requested prison sentences of up to 20 years for the 18 officials, part of a “criminal network” whose egg thefts in 2012 cost the communist island nation some $356,000 (about €330,000), the state-run Granma daily newspaper reports.What Granma apparently didn't say, is that the people who bought the eggs on the black market gained at the expense of the government of Cuba (i.e. the Castro brothers). Market mechanisms replaced political.
They succeeded “thanks to unobservant and or corrupt supervisors, deficient or absent monitoring mechanisms, and complicit or tolerant attitudes,” Granma wrote last week.That, and the demand for eggs by ordinary Cubans without political connections.