“I have yet to find a single credible source pointing to a case where Che executed ‘an innocent’. Those persons executed by Guevara or on his orders were condemned for the usual crimes punishable by death at times of war or in its aftermath: desertion, treason or crimes such as rape, torture or murder….Che studied the evidence in each case (of the “50 executions!” according to Anderson!) with methodical care. The executed were all torturers and murderers of women and children. I should add that my research spanned five years, and included anti-Castro Cubans among the Cuban-American exile community in Miami and elsewhere.” (Jon Lee Anderson)
Yes, historically Che Guevara’s hagiographer Jon Lee Anderson has never had much trouble finding “anti-Castro Cubans” to lend him some “respectability” (and vice-versa.) His Che hagiography was published in 1997.
Che was only in charge of La Cabana for a few months but till the end of his days he proudly claimed the judicial system he had set in motion: “Executions? Certainly we execute and we will continue…!” (Che’s UN speech, Dec. 1964.)
“Not one witness to accuse me, not one to identify me, not one single piece of evidence against me.” (Armando Valladares recalling his “trial”)
Edwin Tetlow, Havana correspondent for London’s Daily Telegraph, starting having second thoughts about the Revolution he hailed in his reporting after attending a mass “trial” in Havana’s La Cabana prison in 1959 where he noticed the death sentences posted on a board–before the trials had started.
“The whole procedure was sickening,” wrote New York Times (no less!) correspondent, Ruby Hart Phillips, about a trial she attended in Havana in early 1959. “The defense attorney made absolutely no defense, instead he apologized to the court for defending the prisoner.” The defendants were all murdered by firing squad the following dawn.
In 1961 a Castro regime prosecutor named Idelfonso Canales explained Cuba’s new system to a stupefied “defendant,” named Rivero Caro who was himself a practicing lawyer in pre-Castro Cuba. “Forget your lawyer mentality,” laughed Canales. “What you say doesn’t matter. What proof you provide doesn’t matter, even what the prosecuting attorney says doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is what the G-2 (military police) says.”