Questions swirl as Carromero is transferred to Spanish prison
Two officials of the Popular Party went to visit Angel Carromero at the Segovia penitentiary yesterday. Both spoke to the press.
Esperanza Aguirre, the leader of the Popular Party in Spain says that under Spanish law Angel Carromero is not a criminal, despite the fact that the Spanish government had to formally accept the verdict of a Cuban court in order to gain his release.
The acknowledgement of his conviction in Cuba, she stressed, is not an acceptance of the official Castronoid version of events. It is merely part of the ransom demanded by Castrolandia. She also said that she hopes that Carromero will now be able to speak freely and reveal what really happened. Go HERE for the full report in Spanish.
Pablo Casado, a member of the party's Foreign Affairs commission, states that no "compensation" or ransom was paid for Carromero's release, and that Carromero had gone to Cuba on his own initiative, not on any kind of official errand for the Popular Party.
He also says that the very first phone call made by Carromero from prison was to Carlos Paya, brother of Oswaldo, who lives in Madrid. Carromero wanted to express his condolences to the family personally- something that the Castronoid authorities prevented him from doing since the "accident."
He also revealed that Carromero was horrified by the coverage of his ordeal offered by the leftist Spanish press, which has vilified and ridiculed him. Casado defended the integrity of Carromero, denying that he was a reckless driver, revealing that the revocation of his driver's license in Spain was retroactive, imposed on October 5, weeks after the accident, hinting that this was a concession made to the Castronoid authorities. The revocation was based on two traffic tickets: one for speaking on a cell phone while driving, the other for speeding.
Casado also observed that the road Carromero was driving on in Cuba was in terrible shape and that there were no warning signs of any sort along the shoulder. "In any other country where something like this happens," he said about the so-called accident, "the driver would receive some sort of compensation rather than be tried as a criminal."
Go HERE for the full report in Spanish.
In the meantime, the Spanish lawyer hired by Carromero's family to defend Angel in Castrolandia has also spoken out.
In an interview published by ABC Spain, José María Viñals Camallonga reveals that neither he nor the Cuban lawyers assigned to Angel Carromero were given access to the evidence presented in court by the prosecution, not even the car involved in the "accident," or the the roadway itself. In addition, neither he nor the Cuban defense lawyers were allowed to carry out their own investigations.
In other words, the prosecution was totally in control of the trial, and the impossible task of the defense team was to disprove the prosecution's charges without access to any evidence or witnesses. When asked by ABC whether Carromero had received a fair trial, Viñals Camallonga replied that the trial adhered scrupulously to Cuban law, but was grossly unfair by the standards commonly accepted in Spain and the European Union.
When asked about the conditions under which Carromero was imprisoned during the past five months, Viñals Camallonga said that his client's situation was "acceptable, in comparison to the conditions under which common criminals normally have to live."
Go HERE for the full interview in Spanish.
As these developments and revelations unfolded, Carlos Payá, brother of the deceased Oswaldo Payá, said he hoped that Carromero's release would allow him and others "to remove their muzzles" and tell the world what really happened in Bayamo last July.
Carlos Payá indicated that up until now -- as long as Carromero was still imprisoned in Castrolandia -- the Popular Party and the Spanish government have insisted that silence was necessary, promising that this code of silence would be lifted as soon as his release could be obtained. "We now ask that they keep their word," he said, "and that they put an end to this code of silence maintained by the Popular Party and the Ministry of the Exterior."
"We were asked not to do anything that would irritate the Castro regime," said Oswaldo's brother, claiming that the Spanish government had put pressure on him and his family to remain quiet. And he stressed that he and his family were also promised that "As soon as Carromero is freed, the truth will be known."
Go HERE for the full story, in Spanish.