Widow of murdered Cuban dissident calls for an international inquiry into his assassination
Payá’s widow urges international inquiry into husband’s death
The widow of Oswaldo Payá, a Cuban dissident killed in a car crash in Cuba last year, said in Miami on Monday that the driver’s statements over the weekend that Cuban secret services assassinated her husband make all the more relevant an international investigation of the tragedy.
The reason, said Ofelia Acevedo, is that in his statements to the Madrid newspaper El Mundo, Angel Carromero, the driver of the crashed car, said Payá and another dissident, Harol Cepero, were alive after the crash. This suggests, she added, that both were murdered later.
“This is why we must continue demanding and seeking support for an international investigation,” she said. “Both the people of Spain and the people of Cuba have the right to know how and where they were killed.”
The 30-minute interview with Acevedo provided the first comprehensive Payá family reaction to statements by Carromero to El Mundo that Cuba’s secret services murdered Payá. Carromero is a young politician who belongs to Spain’s ruling Popular Party (PP). After being arrested in Cuba, he was found guilty of vehicular homicide, but was released under an agreement with Spain that he would serve out his sentence in his home country. He is currently under supervised release.
Acevedo was quoted with a brief reaction in Monday’s El Nuevo Herald, but in the interview at her home she added details and provided her own analysis of Carromero’s statements, especially those in which he said Payá and Cepero survived the crash.
“For us this is all very hard,” said Acevedo. “Although one suspected from the start that this was not accidental, that someone confirms to you that your husband was alive when he was pulled from the car, is to say to me ‘your husband was murdered’ because the impact didn’t kill him.”
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