The four trials this week in Cuba of a total of 66 people -including 14 minors- in relation to the anti-government protests of July 11 were seen for sentencingThey informed the news agency EFE activists and relatives.
To the three processes advanced previously, those of Holguín, Santa Clara and Havana, activists have added a fourth trial in Mayabeque of which they were previously unaware.
The Cuban Regime does not generally disseminate information on criminal proceedings linked to July 11 Y The official press does not report on these trials either, which are not public..
The prosecution had requested for some of the defendants up to 30 years in prison for alleged crimes of sedition, according to documents to which he has had access EFE. The activists assure for their part that all the accused participated in a non-violent way in the protests of July 11 or only shared videos of these events on social networks..
The largest of the processes took place in Holguín, where 21 people were tried until this Friday in a common cause., with applications up to 30 years for four of them for alleged crimes of sedition.
The court will pronounce judgment on February 11., as spread through Facebook relatives of the defendants.
In this trial they were prosecuted at least four 17-year-olds for whom the prosecution initially requested 15 years in prison for separate crimes of sedition and for those who ultimately asked for between 5 and 7 years in prison.
In Mayabeque, where nine people were tried, the request for 25 years in prison against Maikel Puig Bergolla, who is charged half a dozen alleged crimesincluding attempted murder. His defense asked for acquittal.
“Maikel’s innocence was more than proven”, he assured EFE After the end of the trial, Puig Bergolla’s wife, Saily. The woman denounced “contradictions” in the prosecution’s witnesses, “lies” and the presentation of signed witness statements that were shown to have been altered by the security forces.
The ruling on this process is also expected on February 11.
Activists denounced several arrests around the trial in Santa Clara, such as those of relatives of the accused Andy Dunier Garcia Lorenzo, who had openly criticized the trial on the networks and had sent denunciation letters to more than 30 embassies.
Several NGOs have denounced lack of guarantees, fabrication of evidence and very high penalties for defendants in these proceedings.
PRISONERS AFTER 11J
According to Prisoners Defenders, a Spanish NGO that defends human rights in Cuba, at least 842 people were in prison on the island for political reasons at the end of 2021, in most cases due to the facts of the July 11. Among them, the NGO ensures that there are 26 children between 14 and 17 years old.
For its part, the Cuban NGO Cubalex identified in its last count, on January 3, a total of 1,339 arrested as a result of July 11 and another 94 for the frustrated protest of November 15. Of these, 710 (of which 14 are minors) are still under arrest.
The NGO Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH) announced this Tuesday that it has filed a complaint with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). the situation of 39 children under 21 years of age “imprisoned in Cuba for peacefully protesting”.
In Cuba, the minimum criminal age is 16 years and the law does not distinguish from that age between minors and adults, as recommended by the United Nations.
On July 11, the largest anti-government protests in decades took place in Cuba, spontaneous and massive demonstrations linked to the serious economic crisis that the country is going through.
(With information from EFE)