Tuesday April 12, 2005 4:01 AM
An inmate who suffered severe burns in an uprising at Cuban prison died Monday, officials said.
Inmates at the Combinado del Este Prison set mattresses and materials ablaze in violence that left several prisoners seriously injured on April 5, said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the Havana-based Cuban Commission on Human Rights and Reconciliation.
Sanchez said the inmate who died, identified as 33-year-old Fredy Ibanez Blanco, was serving a sentence on drug-related charges. An official at a mortuary in west Havana confirmed Ibanez’s body was expected to arrive there late Monday.
According to Sanchez, many of the injured inmates had refused to participate in the uprising, angering some of the rioters.
The disturbance, later controlled by Cuban authorities, was the second in less than 20 days at the Combinado del Este Prison, which houses thousands of inmates.
Sanchez was trying to verify reports that other injured prisoners may also have died.
Cuba’s communist government issued no official report the uprising, but has confirmed an earlier disturbance at the same prison March 19, in which there were no deaths or serious injuries.