The case was criticised by the defence's lawyers and foreign governments, particularly that of Canada, for its speedy proceedings and lack of transparency. The case took place behind closed doors, and the government has made little public about the proceedings. Cuba has arrested or expelled several foreign executives from Canada, Europe, and South America on charges of corruption or bribery. Around a dozen foreign executives have been sentenced to prison, along with employees of state companies found to be on the receiving end. The targets of such corruption investigations often have their assets seized by the government.
The latest sentencing comes against the backdrop of a new foreign investment framework passed in March that aims to attract around US$2bn-US$2.5bn in foreign direct investment to the country each year, largely through tax incentives for working with the state. However, many foreign executives cite transparency and lack of rule of law as the main concerns for investing in the country. The sentencing will do little to ease these concerns.