Boyfriend of Cuban dictator’s daughter detained for alleged corruption

As we have mentioned here many times before, there is zero tolerance for corruption in Cuba that does not benefit the Castro brothers. Even someone close to the top crime bosses of the Castro Family Mafia risks arrest, imprisonment, and even death if they are caught cutting the bosses out.

And such is the case with the boyfriend of one of Raul Castro’s daughters, who is now apparently sitting in a  military detention facility awaiting to learn his fate:

Boyfriend of Raúl Castro’s daughter detained in corruption drive

Cuban authorities have detained the boyfriend of Raúl Castro’s youngest daughter as part of a corruption investigation, according to several knowledgeable sources.

Julio Cesar Díaz Garrandés, a former Miami resident who has bragged of being a spy for Cuba, has been held in an interrogation center in Havana for three months, two of the sources told El Nuevo Herald.

But his sister Maria, who lives in Miami, told El Nuevo Herald on Friday that they spoke by telephone Thursday and that he had denied being under detention. “He is well,” she added.

Díaz Garrandés is the boyfriend of Nilsa Castro, the youngest of the Cuban ruler’s three daughters. Both in their late 40s, they have been together for years but are not married and keep separate homes, the sources added.

“He is in jail, no doubt on that,” said one Cuban man who has known Díaz Garrandés in both Havana and Miami. He said he learned of the detention from contacts high in the Cuban government.

The man added that the boyfriend was under investigation, but has not been charged, in a corruption case involving an unidentified Canadian-Spanish company that was doing business with the Cuban government.

The Cuban man, like the two other sources who separately reported the detention to El Nuevo Herald, asked for anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the case.

Juan Juan Almeida, who lived for a time in Raúl Castro’s house because he was the son of a hero of the revolution, wrote Thursday that Díaz Garrandés was being held in a military facility.

Raúl Castro launched a powerful campaign against corruption after he succeeded his ailing brother Fidel in 2006, arguing that it was eating away dangerously at the very roots of Cuba’s communist system.

A string of scandals in the island’s telecommunications, aviation, nickel, cigar and other industries have led to the arrests and dismissals of scores of government officials, including some deputy ministers.

Maria Díaz Garrandés claimed that the reports of her brother’s detention were the result of the “total confusion” sparked by an exile she contacted for help after she was not able to speak with her brother for several weeks. She declined further comment on this aspect of the case.

“He called me yesterday” as a result of Almeida’s report, she told El Nuevo before adding, “He’s home. He should be home.” She declined to provide her brother’s telephone number in Havana.

One of El Nuevo’s sources speculated that Díaz Garrandés, on orders from the Cuban investigators or on his own initiative, made the phone call in order to tamp down the reports of his detention.

Nilsa Castro is the third of the children of Raúl Castro and the late Vilma Espín. Deborah and Mariela preceded her, and she was followed by Alejandro, an Interior Ministry officer in charge of the government’s anti-corruption drive.

Friends of Díaz Garrandés said he has a strangely twisting history of involvement in several businesses and unproven claims that he worked for Cuba’s intelligence services in Miami and Havana.

He arrived in Miami during the Mariel boatlift in 1980, married a Colombian woman with whom he had a daughter, they said. He opened a clinic on Coral Way dedicated mostly to Medicare patients, and drove around in a second-hand Rolls Royce, they said.

But sometime in the 1990s, he returned to Cuba and offered himself as a point of contact and influence for foreigners, most of them Spaniards, looking to invest in Cuba.