MIAMI, United States.- CubaNet journalist Camila Acosta was arrested just a few minutes ago by the regime’s political police in Havana, when she was about to visit her lawyer. The agents released her shortly after her, but not before threatening her.
This Monday, May 30, Acosta had an appointment with his lawyer to close the case that the Castro government opened to the reporter on July 11, 2021, due to the massive anti-government protests that took place in different parts of the country during that day.
As the journalist told CubaNet, two policemen and two women dressed in civilian clothes stopped her two blocks after leaving her house, and “they put her, without any explanation, on patrol car No. 786.”
“The State Security officer let me go about 20 minutes later, when he contacted his superiors.” However, before letting her go, they warned her that she was still undergoing an open criminal proceeding and under house arrest, as long as the fine that was imposed on her was not paid, so “if I committed ‘any crime’ it would aggravate my situation.”
According to Camila Acosta, with this threat “he warned me that I should not approach the court where Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Maykel Osorbo are being prosecuted today.”
The reporter explained that although she has not paid the fine imposed on her last week for reporting the popular outbreak of #11J, because, according to the law, she has ten days to do so, “I have already signed my release certificate, I am a person free (although in dictatorship). Any detention or impediment of public circulation is a violation of my human rights, ”she assured.
End of the process “against you”
After 10 months and 10 days in house arrest and under a process in which he was accused of “public disorder”, last Wednesday May 25 the file against Camila Acosta was closed, in the presence of her lawyer, with the imposition of a fine of 1,000 CUP.
As detailed by the reporter herself, State Security summoned her to the Aguilera police station, in the municipality of Diez de Octubre, and imposed a fine on her under Law 143, article 17, subsection b, referring to the “opportunity criterion ”. This rule allows the parties to resolve the proceedings without going to court.
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