The truth about how Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero died last summer is really not much of a mystery. The Castro dictatorship’s long history of assassinating its opponents as well as previous failed attempts to kill Paya make it obvious he was murdered by agents of Cuba’s ruthless police state. However, whenever Cuba is involved, the obvious is rarely reported. International news agencies for the most part have a dangerous and perverted fetish with the Castro regime, willingly allowing themselves to become mouthpieces for the dictatorship and thoughtlessly disseminating whatever propaganda the regime gives them.
Eventually though, the truth comes out and overcomes the lies, the cover ups, and the subterfuge. Such is the case in the murders of Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, as witnesses, finally free of the Castro dictatorship’s state security tentacles, begin to tell the truth.
Daughter of Cuban Dissident Killed in Crash Says It Was No Accident
Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya’s death last July in a car crash “was not an accident,” his daughter said here Thursday.
The Spaniard who was driving the car carrying her father confirmed that “a vehicle hit them from behind,” Rosa Maria Paya said at a press conference in Madrid.
Angel Carromero, a leader of the youth wing of Spain’s governing Popular Party, was at the wheel of the rental car on July 22 when it crashed near the eastern Cuban city of Bayamo.
Oswaldo Paya and fellow dissident Harold Cepero died, while Carromero and Swedish political activist Jens Aron Modig received minor injuries.
Modig was allowed to leave the island after giving a statement, but Cuban authorities held Carromero, alleging that he was speeding at the time of the accident.
The 27-year-old Spaniard was eventually convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison, but he returned to Madrid in December under a 1998 bilateral accord that allows convicts to serve their sentences in their homelands.
Within weeks of his return to Spain, Carromero was granted an open detention regime and he spends all but four nights a week at liberty.
Rosa Paya said Carromero told her earlier this month that the rental car was struck from behind by another vehicle and forced off the road.
“We have confirmed that there was no accident,” she said, reading from a prepared statement. “We have a right to know how they died and who is responsible for their deaths.”
Oswaldo Paya, who would have been 61 on Thursday, emerged as a leading opposition figure in 2002 when he delivered to Cuba’s parliament more than 10,000 signed petitions calling for a referendum on democratization.
Report: Spanish politician will sue Cuba over Payá death
Angel Carromero, who was convicted in the accident that claimed dissident Oswaldo Payá’s life, will reportedly allege that another car caused the accident.
MADRID — A Spanish politician is preparing a lawsuit against the Cuban government alleging that another vehicle rammed his and caused the accident that killed renowned Havana dissident Oswaldo Payá, according to a digital Madrid newspaper.
El Confidencial’s report Friday quoted unidentified sources as saying that Angel Carromero’s lawsuit would be backed by a signed declaration from the other survivor of the crash, Swedish politician Jens Aron Modig.
Carromero has also privately told those same allegations to members of Payá’s inner circle who have been trying to gather evidence about the July 22 crash in eastern Cuba near the city of Bayamo, one knowledgeable source told El Nuevo Herald.
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