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Yordan Martínez, sentenced to 7 years in prison after trial with false testimonies

HAVANA, Cuba.- From the Valle Grande penitentiary center, to the west of the Cuban capital, we receive the complaint that the demonstrator of 11J Yordan Martínez Pérez is being held captive in that facility.

On condition of anonymity to avoid reprisals, the source adds that Yordan Martínez is a resident of Punta Brava, in the Havana municipality of La Lisa. It also explains that after his participation in the protests on July 11, 2021, the protester was circulated by the Police, so for fear of worse consequences as a result of the extensive and violent wave of repression unleashed by the authorities in response to the popular outcry, his father accompanied him to turn himself in on July 13 at the 7th San Agustín Police Unit.

In that unit they kept him prisoner for about two days and then transferred him to the 5th Police Unit, in the municipality of Playa (the Provincial DTI), where they kept him for about 3 or 4 days before taking him to the Valle Grande prison.

Yordan Martínez Pérez faced a prosecutor’s request for 10 years in prison for the alleged crimes of public disorder, contempt and attack. The trial, according to the source riddled with inventions and false testimonies, was held on April 19, 2022 at the Popular Municipal Court of Diez de Octubre, located in Carmen number 501 between Juan Delgado and Goicuría, in La Víbora. Finally Yordan Martínez was sentenced to 7 years in prison for the alleged crime of attack.

The source itself emphasizes that these are false accusations, since the demonstration in Punta Brava took place relatively quietly, and the alleged witnesses were not able to prove the alleged attacks or identify the alleged aggressors. He emphasizes that the protester did admit to having shouted and emphasized that, if he was convicted, it was for that.

Yordan Martínez Pérez, 26, was self-employed as a bricklayer’s assistant.

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