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Cuba: Trial for imprisoned democracy activist and Lady in White Sonia Garro delayed again

Marc Masferrer reports in Uncommon Sense:

More delays in Castro regime's 'case' against Cuban Lady In White Sonia Garro

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More than two years after their arrest and imprisonment, Cuban Lady In White Sonia Garro, her husband and another activist are still waiting for their day in court.

They were scheduled to stand trial June 30 on sham charges of "attempted murder" and "public disorder" related to a police attack on Garro's home, but on Thursday it was announced the trial had again been delayed for "administrative" reasons. No new trial date was set.

The real reason for the delay must be because the dictatorship knows it doesn't have a case.

Garro,  her husband Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González and another activist Eugenio Hernández Hernández have been held in jail without trial since March 2012, when they were swept up during a nationwide Castro crackdown in the runup to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the island.

They face charges related to a police raid, complete with tear gas and rubber bullets, on the Garro-Munoz home. Garro is charged with "assault," "public disorder" and "attempted murder," while her husband faces the latter two charges. If convicted, they face prison sentences of 10 or more years, which would be some of the harshest punishments for Cuban opposition activists since the "black spring" crackdown of 2003.

About a year after their arrest Mary O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal wrote the definitive English-language account of Garro and Munoz's plight. You can read it here.

Read previous Uncommon Sense posts here.

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