Tuesday, May 17, 2011

They Will Always Find Someone to Blame / Laritza Diversent

They Will Always Find Someone to Blame / Laritza Diversent
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated

When it comes time to acquit a suspect, the Cuban justice system does
not believe in any evidence, not even DNA; but if the problem is to lay
blame, anything is good enough.

Laritza Diversent

The Provincial Court of Las Tunas, sentenced Rafael Ramos Utra to 20
years in prison for sexually assaulting a minor in his own home in March
2005. The Camaguey court condemned Delvis David Peña Mainer to 40 years
for the brutal machete killing, in January of the same year, of a young
man of 23 and his wife age 17, in Vertientes.

Utra Ramos, 51, and Pena Mainer, 44, both pleaded innocent, but justice
found them equally guilty, despite physical evidence that said
otherwise. In the case of Rafael, it dismissed the first two reports of
DNA prepared in the province of Las Tunas, which confirmed his
innocence. In the case of David, the Camaguey court credited rumors
circulating in the neighborhood.

Mainer Peña allegedly decided to kill the young man because he said he
had sex with his daughter and tried to have sex with his wife. The girl
was killed when she came to the aid of her husband. According to a
weather report the night of the crime, the night was well-lit. Enough to
convince the court that the young woman was seen by Peña Mainer in the
midst of the crime, and knowing himself discovered, he decided to do
away with her

According to the court the injuries on both victims were made by a
lefty, as is Peña Mainer, with a short blunt instrument. They
confiscated a blade from David, a wide machete curved at the end, which
is used in Cuba to cut sugarcane. According to the report, on the
"inside of the handle" o the weapon they found blood, "but could not
determine to which species it belonged."

The Camaguey court found it unnecessary to compare the blood sample
found on the murder weapon, with the DNA of the victims. Maybe that's
why they ordered the blade sent to a provincial prison work camp, and
the "destruction and tossing out" of the clothes of the young people
killed, some of with "possibly bloody stains" and the traces of blood
from the crime scene.

With Ramos Utra, it happened differently. The Central Criminal
Laboratory of Cuba, in a first review acknowledged "there is no
relationship between semen present in the underwear" of the 6-year-old
and "the blood sample sent as that of the suspect Utra Rafael Ramos,"
who denies have been alone with the child and much less touching her.

They then said "the yellow stain in the panties" of the child, coincided
with "the blood sample from the child herself." "It was not possible to
establish the genetic profile of semen found in the panties, because the
seminal material was exhausted," admitted the laboratory in the second
report, conducted two months after the first.

The probability of finding two people with the same genetic information,
is 1 in 15 million individuals. Despite the certainty of the first test
showing Ramos Utra to be innocent, the Court of Las Tunas also found him
guilty and ordered the incineration of panties, a piece of evidence of
the crime.

Cuban courts, it wold seem, neither accept nor rely on DNA testing, the
most reliable test to date, to confirm the guilt or innocence of a
person. Their maxim is to do justice, although they condemn an innocent.
They will never fail to find someone to blame.

May 14 2011


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