For Immediate Release
Julio Hernandez, Francisco De Armas
International Representatives, Christian Liberation Movement
URGENT FROM HAVANA : OSWALDO PAYA DENOUNCES THE HORRID ATTACK AGAINST ROLANDO JIMENEZ POSADA IN GUAYABO PRISON ON THE ISLE OF YOUTH
Havana , January 10, 2008- Cuban political prisoner and prisoner of conscience, Rolando Jiménez Posada, was vilely physically assaulted by a mob of highly dangerous common prisoners, when he was transferred from his solitary confinement cell to another cell he shares with common prisoners on December 31. As previously reported on this incident in a previous statement, this attack was the result of Rolando’s response to the journalist Lázaro Barreto with regards to defamatory comments this so-called journalist had issued against Rolando in a “roundtable” program.
As a result of this inhumane beating, Rolando’s face is disfigured and he has lost almost all vision from one of his eyes, according to his wife Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero, an independent journalist.
Rolando is imprisoned with a 12 year sentence in Guayabo Prison, on the Isle of Youth. He was a Cuban intelligence deputy and a prosecutor against narco-trafficking crimes in his province and was discharged from his position when he became a Varela Project organizer. Many of the highly dangerous common prisoners in the prison cell that he was transferred to were indicted by Rolando during his incumbency as a prosecutor.
This attack, as well as the one reported by us earlier against Antonio (Tony) Díaz Sánchez, must be responded to with urgency by the international community, Human Rights institutions, and government authorities in countries that are in solidarity with defending the Cuban people. A whole series of attacks against political prisoners is unfolding as the people are beginning to increase their call for change while the regime’s officials do not want to respond adequately to these calls.
Oswaldo J. Paya Sardiñas
Christian Liberation Movement (MCL)