first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more February 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalist sentenced to 22 months in prison after being held for 19 months without trial Follow the news on Cuba Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced surprise today at the 22-month prison sentence which Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, a correspondent of the Miami-based Payolibre and Nueva Prensa Cubana websites and the US government-funded Radio Martí, received yesterday from a Havana court on a charge of “disturbing the peace,” and said it hoped the 19 months he has already spent in detention will be deducted from the time he has to serve.“Such a severe sentence for ‘disturbing the peace’ is in itself surprising,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Guerra was held for 19 months without being charged before being tried. We obviously hope this long period already spent behind bars will be discounted from his sentence and that he will be released soon.”The organisation added: “Prior to his arrest, Guerra was repeatedly harassed because of his journalistic activities, and the peaceful demonstration in which he took part on 13 July 2005 was just used as a pretext for imprisoning him.”According to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), Guerra, 28, was one of five dissidents who appeared before a municipal court in Havana yesterday. They received sentences ranging from 22 months to two years in prison for “disturbing the peace” by staging a peaceful demonstration on 13 July 2005 to commemorate the shipwreck 11 years earlier of five Cuban “balseros” who had been trying to reach Florida by sea.The five were arrested by State Security police as soon as they started to hold the demonstration. If the time Guerra has already spent in detention is taken into account, he should be released on 13 April.Following his arrest, Guerra was held in a National Revolutionary Police cell for three months and was then transferred to the Technical Investigations Department (DTI) in Havana. He was hospitalised several times in October and November 2005 when he went on hunger strike, but each time he was returned to the detention centre. He has developed a kidney infection since his arrest and has frequent asthma attacks.Of the 25 Cuban journalists currently behind bars, two have not been tried. Armando Betancourt, 44, a Nueva Prensa Cubana contributor and editor of the clandestine newspaper El Camagueyano, was supposed to have been tried on 8 February before a municipal court in the central city of Camagüey, but the judges adjourned the trial because they found that the statements provided by State Security agents were “contradictory.” Betancourt was arrested on 23 May 2006. RSF_en Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, a correspondent of the Payolibre and Nueva Prensa Cubana websites and Radio Martí, was sentenced yesterday to 22 months in prison for “disturbing the peace.” He had been held without trial since his arrest during a demonstration in Havana on 13 July 2005. October 15, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2018 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News to go further News CubaAmericas Organisation News CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information last_img

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