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B.C. police officers detained in Cuba return home

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The pair had not been allowed to leave Cuba since March when an Ontario woman accused one of assault.

Two Metro police officers on vacation in Cuba must stay on the island until allegations against one of them, a Vancouver police officer, have been completed.

Two B.C. police officers have been allowed to return home after being detained for eight months in Cuba. Postmedia

Vancouver Police have confirmed an officer detained in Cuba since March has been allowed to return home.

On Saturday, Const. Jason Doucette said the department has been “in touch with our member, who was detained in Cuba, and can confirm that he is back home. The member and his family have asked for privacy.”

Const. Mark Simms was acquitted of a sexual assault charge in November. He was arrested and later released during a personal vacation in Cuba, but was forced to remain in the country while awaiting trial. His friend, Const. Jordan Long of the Port Moody Police Department, was also detained as a witness.

The men were arrested after an allegation of assault against Simms involving a 17-year-old woman from Ontario.

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A post to a Facebook support group said Long was also allowed to return to Canada. Postmedia has reached out to the Port Moody Police Department for comment.

“The two men and their family and friends have endured the highest level of pain and suffering….” said the Facebook post. “Thank you everyone for your unwavering love and support … They’re home.”

In November, a jury of five women reached a not guilty decision in the case. An appeal was also rejected. The men returned home Saturday.

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