Havana Cuba. – Political prisoner Luis Robles Elizástigui was stripped naked and photographed this weekend in the Combinado del Este maximum security prison, where he is serving a five-year prison sentence.
The incident occurred, according to Robles himself, last Saturday at 5:00 in the afternoon. That day, the jailers took off his clothes and took pictures of him “from the front and from behind” under the gaze of the head of Internal Order of the prison, the head of the Unit, and other officials.
“I don’t know what is happening, until now the Police had not messed with me. I don’t know what they have planned, I wonder what those photos were for, [pero] Nothing good can be expected from them. That worries me,” she said in a brief phone call with CubaNet.
The 29-year-old prisoner, who was recently sentenced to five years in prison for the alleged crimes of disobedience and enemy propaganda, also denounces that the jailers often take them out of their bedroom without any justification.
“The same Saturday at 2:00 in the morning I was sitting in front of my bed and the head of the Guard passed by and ordered me to get out. They kept me until 7:00 in the morning where all the officers are and then they took me up [a la celda]”, He says.
On other occasions, Robles has been taken out at dawn with chaquiras (handcuffs on his feet) and left locked up for hours.
This 1st. May, according to Robles, “they threw [levantaron] prisoners at 6:00 in the morning and forced them all to watch the march.”
Oaks recently confirmed to CubaNet that he had been beaten and placed in solitary confinement for protesting about shoes that were delivered to him late. On that occasion he argued with the re-educator named Ramoncito and was beaten by a guard nicknamed “El Maya”.
“This time they did not hit me but on the other trip they did hit me on the head, they handcuffed me and the guard embodied me,” he detailed this Monday.
According to Landy Fernández Elizástigui, State Security has suggested that his brother reach a “deal.” “On the day of the trial they proposed that he repent of everything he had done and they have even threatened to put me in prison,” he told this medium.
However, in his sentence it is recognized that Robles explained at the oral hearing “the way in which the events occurred, his motivations for carrying them out (…), as well as the satisfaction he felt for what he did, being able to express himself and manifest everything that I though”.
Several civil society organizations have spoken out against his imprisonment. “Once again, judges at the service of the PCC unfairly punish a young Cuban for exercising his rights to free demonstration and expression,” tweeted the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH).
In order to challenge the sentence against the young political prisoner, his relatives filed an appeal before the Chamber for Crimes Against State Security of the People’s Provincial Court of Havana. Until now, waiting for a response.
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