The New York Times is shocked, shocked to discover that Cuban courts are a tool of repression

Seemingly repentant judge Edel González Jiménez

From our Revelations of the Obvious Bureau with help with our Captain Renault Desk

Wow! Sixty-one years after the Castro dictatorship seized power in Cuba, El Niuyortain has suddenly discovered that Cuban courts are nothing more than a tool of repression.

And the reason for running such a story is that the source for the news is a former judge who has always supported the Castro regime and still remains a fervent believer in the goodness of the so-called Revolution!

Yes, Mildred, something that has been painfully obvious for sixty-one years, and which millions of Cubans have been complaining about during all that time — and proving over and over again, with abundant evidence — has suddenly become “news” and a great revelation for the Castro regime’s favorite American newspaper.

Like Captain Renault in the film ‘Casablanca”, El Niuyortain is shocked, shocked, that a high-ranking oligarch who served as an agent of repression for the Castro dictatorship has decided to speak against said dictatorship– with tears in his eyes — at a news conference in Spain.

The ex-judge has been living in Peru for the past two years. The very high probability that he has been serving as an agent of the Castro regime abroad is a subject El Niuyortain refuses to mention, along with the equally high probability that he had some of his privileges revoked and has decided to carry out a personal vendetta against his former employer.

So, Mildred, does this mean that self-anointed thinking class of the U.S. (readers of El Niuyortain) will now suddenly begin to loathe the Castro regime and call for boycotts on its tourist industry?

Dream on. This is a story about “change” in Cuba, and an affirmation of the goodness that has been at the heart of the so-called Revolution for the past six decades.

So it goes…

From you-know-who:

A former high-ranking judge in Cuba has joined an antigovernment activist in revealing information from secret government documents that show the government is holding thousands of inmates on dubious charges and has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

The revelations by Edel González Jiménez, who spent more than 15 years on the bench and once supervised 65 other judges, are believed to be the first public challenge to the Cuban government by a top member of the judiciary.

I am not looking for problems,” Mr. González, who left Cuba in 2018 and now lives in Peru, said in an earlier interview. “But I decided: Enough with cowardice.”

Mr. González was joined at the news conference by Javier Larrondo, a longtime anti-Castro activist who runs an organization called Prisoners Defenders in Madrid, in publicly announcing his call for the Cuban government to respect civil rights.

“This is an important blow to the regime,” Mr. Larrondo said.

Documents reviewed by The New York Times showed that approximately 92 percent of those accused in the more than 32,000 cases that go to trial in Cuba every year are found guilty. Nearly 4,000 people every year are accused of being “antisocial” or “dangerous,” terms the Cuban government uses to jail people who pose a risk to the status quo, without having a committed a crime.

“The repression that I am seeing against part of my people is not what I want for my people,” he said during a news conference on Monday in Madrid, where he was joined by members of an organization that works on behalf of political prisoners in Cuba and by members of the European Parliament. “I have a lot of fear about the future. Every day Cubans face more fear. I don’t want blood on the streets of Cuba, I don’t want these imprisonments.”

Choking back tears, Mr. González told the audience that his wife had advised him not to speak out, but that he gone against her wishes because he felt it was his duty to challenge the government.

Mr. González said that Cuba’s judiciary was often controlled by state security forces that can manufacture cases against political opponents — a statement that critics will readily agree with, but that is surprising coming from a man who insisted that he remains a faithful member of the Communist Party of Cuba and a believer in Fidel Castro’s project.

His avowed support of the government makes his words significantly troubling for a country that frequently paints dissidents as mercenaries on Washington’s payroll.

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