The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent Eduardo Cardet
14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2017 — This Friday, the trial against Eduardo
Cardet, a doctor and the national coordinator of the Christian
Liberation Movement (MCL), was concluded. The prosecution has maintained
its original request for three years of deprivation of liberty for the
opponent, who has been detained since November 30 and charged with
“attack on authority.” The trial was held in the Municipal Court of
Gibara (Holguin) and the sentence will be handed down on March 20.
The arrest occurred in a violent manner outside the activist’s home in
the municipality of Velasco, where he lives and works in the Family
Clinic office. He is charged with an alleged attack on a State Security
officer at the time of arrest.
Cardet’s wife, Yaimaris Vecino, was able to enter the courtroom this
morning, but other MCL activists had to wait outside the
building. Marlenys Leyva, Cardet’s mother-in-law, told 14ymedio that
only nine family members were allowed in.
A neighbor told 14ymedio that “Cardet was very calm and explained very
well what happened, without contradictions.” He asserts that the
opponent has the truth in his hand and that the same could not be said
of the accusation. “They stumbled from beginning to end trying to impose
their lies,” he explains.
According to Marlenys Leyva, the access road to the Tribunal was closed
from the early hours and there was a considerable number of members of
the Rapid Response Brigades around the outside of the building.
Cardet, 48, was denied bail on three occasions to await trial at his home
“The people of State Security are here, like Major Juan Carlos
Espinosa.” He stated that not only was there a police presence outside
the building but there was also “a large group of officers inside.”
Cardet, 48, was denied bail on three occasions to await trial at his
home. Set to begin on February 20, the process was postponed to Friday
without explaining the reasons to either the family or the accused.
According to Vecino, the defense lawyer, Eliécer La Rosa, called four
witnesses during the trial. The lawyer indicated that those presented by
the prosecution are members of the Rapid Response Brigades. For their
part, MCL activists have denounced Cardet’s case as being “fabricated”
by the Cuban government to get him to stop his activism.
The extension of the preventive confinement of the opponent has
generated pronouncements of international organizations such as Amnesty
International, which declared him a prisoner of conscience. Similarly,
the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation
demanded his immediate release.
Source: The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent
Eduardo Cardet / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –