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Political assassinations, propaganda, and ransoms: Just another day in Cuba World

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Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero

From the little we know regarding the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Harold Cepero and prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá in a mysterious car accident earlier this year, there is little doubt, if any, the Castro dictatorship was involved. It is not like the Cuban regime is not known for murdering dissidents. Just this year, Lady in White leader Laura Pollan and political prisoner Wilmar Villar Mendoza also died under mysterious circumstances while "under the care" of the Castro dictatorship. In other words, they were murdered.

While the Cuban State Security operation to permanently eliminate Payá was successful, they committed a grave error by leaving behind two survivors. One of them, Aron Modig, a Swedish activist, claimed to be asleep during the accident and adopted the Sargent Schultz  approach: I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing. He was released shortly thereafter and hightailed it out of Cuba and back home where he remains silent to this day.

However, the second survivor of the assassination plot, Angel Carromero, a Spaniard, did not have the luxury of claiming ignorance since he was the driver of the car carrying the two murder victims and Modig. Therefore, the Cuban government immediately charged Carromero with vehicular manslaughter, more or less guaranteeing him many years in a putrid Castro gulag.

Right after the accident, text messages were sent describing how the car was rammed off the road by a Cuban State Security vehicle. But once Castro officials got their hands on Carromero and explained how he would now spend possibly the next decade or two of his life in one of Cuba's infamous prisons if he continued speaking the truth, he suddenly changed his tune. With Cuban State Security officials standing around him, he declared to the world there were no other cars involved in the accident, espousing the Cuban government's official and manufactured account of the events that took place.

While this solution solved the public relations problem for the Castro dictatorship, it created a huge problem for the Spanish government. They knew Carromero was innocent and that Payá and Cepero were victims of an assassination carried out by the Castro government. And the fact that most everyone else in Spain and the rest of the world had little doubt it was an assassination made the situation even more difficult for the Spanish government, prompting them to begin their extensive diplomatic efforts to secure Carromero's release. Eventually, these efforts proved successful when Carromero was recently released and allowed to return to Spain to "serve out" the remainder of his sentence.

One thing that is incredibly interesting and should be noted is that Carromero was not the only Spanish citizen serving time in Cuba for an alleged crime. Nevertheless, the Spanish government invested many resources to secure the release of this one Spanish inmate. Why? Because they knew he was innocent and they wanted nothing to do with the murder of a prominent Cuban dissident.

So how much did the Spanish government pay to obtain the release of Carromero and wash their hands of the assassination of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero? As Capitol Hill Cubans reports, $3,000,000:

The Price Paid For Carromero's Repatriation

Spanish political activist Angel Carromero, who was accused by the Castro regime of driving the car that crashed and killed Cuban pro-democracy leaders Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, is now back in Spain.

Carromero will serve the remainder of his 4-year Cuban prison term in Spain, unless granted parole earlier.

Note that Carromero was accused of "vehicular manslaughter" by the Castro regime. However, Paya's family, and Carromero himself before being taken into custody, hold that the car was rammed by another vehicle, presumably of secret police officials that had been following them.

Other details of the price paid for Carromero's repatriation are now being revealed.

According to sources involved in the negotiations (as revealed to Spain's Zoom News), the Spanish government formally recognized the sham trial against Carromero and paid the Castro regime a $3 million ransom.  Meanwhile, Carromero committed that he would remain silent regarding the details of the crash.

Thus, the price paid for Carromero's repatriation is absolute impunity for the Castro regime in the deaths of Paya and Cepero.

A heavy burden for their families, loved ones and future victims of Cuba's dictatorship.

Naturally, the Castro dictatorship is denying any wrongdoing and sticks to its story that the deaths of Payá and Cepero were purely accidental and they had nothing to do with it. Still, with Carromero now back in Spain and no longer under the physical control of the Cuban government, the prospect of him opening his mouth and telling the truth about the murders committed by the Castro dictatorship are dangerously present. That is why the Cuban government has dispatched their propaganda forces to carry out a preemptive strike to discredit Carromero and protect themselves from bad PR.

One of their "propaganda soldiers," the ever-loyal "Cuba Expert" Phil Peters, started his operation just yesterday. Taking a page right out of the Castro dictatorship's playbook, Peters has begun an attack on Carromero's character. It is nothing more than a transparent and shameless attempt to compromise Carromero's credibility in case he does decide to open his mouth and implicate the Cuban government in the murders of Payá and Cepero.

From Phil Peters' The Cuban Triangle Blog:

Carromero’s political colleagues welcome him back from his “nightmare” while others show no sympathy for a Spaniard whose driver’s license was revoked in Spain and whose mission to Cuba resulted in the death of two Cuban citizens.  

So there you have it: Political assassinations, ransoms, Americans disseminating propaganda for the Castro dictatorship, and international intrigue. Just another day in Cuba World.

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