Carromero update: Segovia prison seems like “a palace” compared to “Stalinist” Cuban jails.
Traumatized Angel Carromero about to be paroled
Pablo Casado, a Popular Party deputy who has assumed the role of spokesman for the Carromero family spoke to the Spanish press yesterday after a 45-minute visit to the imprisoned "reckless" driver. He revealed the following:
* Carromero is deeply traumatized by his experience in Castrolandia and the many months he spent in a "Stalinist" jail under "extremely harsh" conditions.
* Carromero feels that the prison in which he finds himself now, in Segovia, "seems like a palace," compared to those in Castrolandia.
* Carromero insists that he was not driving over the speed limit, that the road conditions were abysmal, and that there were no road signs whatsoever. He revealed that he had stated all this at his trial in his own defense. No word on any other circumstances yet.
* Carromero could be paroled in just a few days, and will probably be allowed restricted freedom of movement with an electronic bracelet.
* Carromero would like to know who is responsible for leaking information about his driver's license to the Cuban court and to the press. In Spain, this is considered private information.
* Casado, the spokesman, charged that the retroactive revocation of Carromero's driver's license was not only unfair, but an abuse of power. The Spanish point system includes parking tickets as well as moving violations. Carromero's license was revoked for two moving violations (speeding and using a cell phone) that do not at all add up to revocation level. What the Spanish authorities did on October 5, months after the accident, was to add parking ticket points. Like most Spaniards his age, Carromero shares the family car with his parents and siblings. The parking tickets in question really belonged to his mother and his sister.
* Carromero said he is looking forward to being free and proving his innocence to the world.