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The betrayal of Cuba continues

The Catholic Church in Cuba continues its reprehensible and abhorrent betrayal of the Cuban people. In only a matter of months, it has gone from turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed against the Cuban people by the Castro regime to becoming a willing accomplice to the dictatorship's crimes and have in essence become the regime's de facto Ministry of Propaganda. The Catholic Church in Cuba has now been entrusted with the mission of ridding the Castro brothers of every imprisoned dissident.

While 13 prisoners of conscience from the original list of 52 continue to languish in a Castro gulag, refusing to accept banishment and forced exile as a condition for their release, the Catholic Church has been busy finding the Castro regime other political prisoners it can get rid of for them. Their hard work has paid off, and they are proud to announce that they have convinced 5 more political prisoners to accept banishment and forced exile.

Church in Cuba announces release of five more political prisoners

Madrid, Spain, Oct 25, 2010 / 11:54 am (CNA/Europa Press).- The Archdiocese of Havana has announced that five more political prisoners from Cuba will soon be released by the country's government and sent to Spain.

The prisoner releases are the result of an ongoing mediation effort being carried out by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana and Spain’s Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos.

Those to be released include: Juana Maria Nieves Mena, who was sentenced to 15 years in 1999, Domingo Ozuna Mederos, sentenced to 15 years in 2000, Juan Francisco Marimon Gomez, sentenced to 10 years in 2003, Misael Mena, sentenced to 17 years in 1999, and Jose Luis Ramil Navarro. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation does not have information on Navarro.

The president of the commission, Elizardo Sanchez, confirmed that these five prisoners, like the other three who were recently released, are not part of the 52 political prisoners promised freedom by President Raul Castro.  Of those, 39 have been released and sent to Spain, while 13 “do not want to leave Cuba,” Sanchez said.

The 52 have been identified by Amnesty International as “prisoners of conscience.”

Sanchez said sending the dissidents to Spain is in reality sending them into “exile.”

“The real winner continues to be the Cuban government, because it is getting rid of political prisoners,” he added.

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