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Spanish court throws out murder case against Cuba’s dictatorship

Spain cannot seem to get enough of Cuban suffering to satisfy its hunger for revenge. Time and time again, Cuba's former colonial master jumps at every opportunity to turn the screws on their rebellious colony. It would seem that Spain lives vicariously through the brutal Castro dictatorship, enjoying every Cuban that is assassinated, tortured, imprisoned, or family destroyed by the regime as if it were they who were avenging their military and economic loss more than a century ago.

Via EFE in La Prensa:

Spanish court rejects case against Cuba over dissident's death
Spanish court rejects case against Cuba over dissident's death

Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco. EFE/File

Madrid, Sep 23 (EFE).- A Spanish judge rejected on Monday a criminal complaint against Cuban military officers for the death of one of the island's most prominent dissidents.

Oswaldo Paya, the 60-year-old founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, died on July 22, 2012, while traveling by car from Havana to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

Cuban authorities blamed the crash on the driver of the vehicle carrying Paya, but the person who was at the wheel, Spanish political activist Angel Carromero, now says the rental car was rammed from behind by a Cuban government vehicle.

His revised account was part of the criminal suit Paya's family filed last month with Spain's National Court.

The family brought the case in Spain because the late dissident was a dual Cuban-Spanish citizen.

In refusing to allow the case to proceed, National Court Judge Eloy Velasco agreed with Spanish prosecutors that Carromero's new version of events is "juridically incongruent" with the testimony he gave the Cuban court that convicted him of vehicular manslaughter.

The judge also cited the absence of any witnesses who could confirm or deny Carromero's latest account.

Two other people were in the car with Paya and Carromero. One of them, Cuban dissident Harold Cepeda, died in the crash, while the other, Swedish national Jens Aron Modig, was asleep at the time of the accident.

Sentenced to four years behind bars, Carromero was sent back to Spain last Dec. 29 under a bilateral accord on repatriation of prisoners.

The terms of his incarceration were softened in early January to allow for daytime work release and weekend furloughs. He was released outright the following month, though he remains subject to electronic monitoring.

Paya 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.

He was also honored that year with the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize.

6 comments to Spanish court throws out murder case against Cuba’s dictatorship

  • asombra

    But of course. Silly Cubans, still expecting Mommie Dearest to do right by them.

  • antonio2009

    Carromero lost all credibility when he did not raise these issues in jail with Spanish embassy officials and his Spanish attorneys who visited him and made a contradictory video for the dictatorship. He acted like the good Christian Democrat that he is: no testosterone.

  • asombra

    I expect he did raise those issues with those people, but he was probably told to play ball or forget about going back to Spain. If anybody lacks testosterone, it's the Spanish government.

  • asombra

    Oooh, leather. Wonder what that means.

  • asombra

    And this is a "right-wing" government. The socialists would have probably skipped even going through the motions and would have just laughed uncontrollably until the Payá family "got the message."

  • antonio2009

    Carromero's own apologetic words in the video made by the dictatorship is what destroyed his credibility. In contrast, when Comandante Yarey was told in 1969 to confess and repent before the TV cameras, his response was: "I am not a soap opera actor." His execution by firing squad was broadcast on Cuban TV and seen in Key West.